In this interview, Bill (William) Munro shares about his long and interesting life in Central Otago, beginning with his time growing up while his father (JR Munro) owned and operated the Cromwell Argus newspaper out of Old Cromwell. Bill describes in detail the machinery and printing process of the Argus and it’s significance to the community. He also describes his early years in Cromwell, attending school, occupied with holiday work at local grocery stores and doing deliveries to the surrounding region. Later Bill and his wife Dulcie were to run a grocery store in Lawrence for many years. Bill’s other interests included swimming, bowls, and time as a member of the local brass band, Masonic Lodge and Volunteer Fire Brigade among other endeavours. Additional supporting information is available upon request.

Interviewer: Anne McAuley
Interview Dates:
April- June 2021

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