Growing up on the remote Timaru Creek Station with her five brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Riley recounts her memories of day to day life on the Station – caring for other siblings, milking cows and preparing food for the family. Schooling was initially by correspondence, then later by subsidised taxi to Hawea, and finally at boarding school. When Lake Hawea was raised, Liz recalls the huge impact it had on her family. The lake water covered their homestead and the family decided to sell the farm. She goes on to describe the earlier days of the Wanaka A&P Show, and observations on the changes that have occurred in Wanaka – from a market town to a tourist centre.

Interviewer: Liz Holland
Interview Dates:
September 2020

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