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Primary magazine: The programme looks at the 1947/48 Polio epidemic.
Various former students and teachers share recollections of the school closures during the 1948 polio epidemic and the institution of Correspondence School curriculum. Several students remember Correspondence School homework, their isolation from school and friends and the extended school holidays. People describe the symptoms of polio, the effects of living with the disease like the iron lung. The narrator makes a comparison to the Spanish Influenza in 118 and previous polio epidemics in 1925 and 1937.
The recording features the following contributors:
The Honourable Mr McCombs, Minister of Education
John Craig, General Manager New Zealand Public Radio
Beverley Calvert, Don Boswell
Jill Foster, Maureen Scott
Jennifer Lewis, Russell Marshall
Rose Hudson, teacher, Jill Canham
Diana de Trait, Avril Head, teacher.
Reference number 17062
Media type AUDIO
Collection Sound Collection
HUDSON, Rose, Producer
McCombs, Terence Henderson, Sir, 1905-1982, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Craig, John, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Radio New Zealand (estab. 1989), Broadcaster
Marshall, Russell, 1936-, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Date 01 Jul 1992