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Heritage > Mervyn Kemp Oral History, Part 3

Recorded 24th September 1995

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Part 3, (28.0MB)


Time marker: Summary:
01' 00" Refers to the campaign in Northen Italy. Explains how he missed the Battle of Monte Cassino
04' 40" Details the testing of ability in the Fourth Field and the problem of having a surplus of officers
06' 20" Accident mentioned as is marriage. Posted to Training Cadre before war
08' 40" Wife Nancy Bishop, born in England. Maintained the Racing Stud Book for the Wellington Racing Conference. Explains how they met at the Turf Club
11' 20" Recalls life in a flat in Tasman Street. Describes difficulty in obtaining accommodation immediately after the war
13' 00" Purchases home in Tawa with a 2% interest loan offered to returning servicemen. Decsribes birth of son (Geoffrey) in early-mid 1950s, and daughter
18' 00" Starts working for Kenners on Lambton Quay as an accountant. Lives with parents before they return to Sydney, then shifts to live in a boarding house on the Terrace
17' 40" Details how house was purchased and how he tried to avoid the under-the-table real-estate dealing which was common in the post-war period of housing shortages (much to the chagrin of the estate agent).
22' 40" After leaving Kenners, was appointed second-in-charge of accounts at the Self-Help grocery store chain. However this appointment was not well communicated and other staff were hostile to his appointment so decides to resign. Ben Sutherland of Self Help referred to.
27' 20" Describes finally completing accounting qualification. Refers to illness during the war

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