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1. Voices of the Hunter - Oral History Interviews

  • Published: 2015-11-19T00:02:57Z
  • By UONCC
Voices of the Hunter - Oral History Interviews

During the 1970s and 1980s, eminent local historian John W. (Jack) Delaney recorded a large number of interviews of people from the Hunter Valley, especially from the coalfields area. These interviews were recorded on audio cassette tapes, copies of which are held by the Coalfields Heritage Group (http://www.coalfieldsheritagegroup.org/) who have kindly agreed to allow us to digitise these tapes and to make them available to the world. Our other partner in this endeavour is Coal & Allied Operations Pty Ltd who have provided a generous grant towards the work via the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund. This project is continuing the work done as part of the Newcastle Regional Museum's History of the Greta Coal Measures Project (archived at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/100781/20090610-1630/hosting.collectionsaustralia.net/newcastle/greta/frames.html) which produced a website and CD. Headphones may improve the listening experience.

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2. Voices of the Hunter - Mineworkers

  • Published: 2015-08-28T03:45:03Z
  • By UONCC
Voices of the Hunter - Mineworkers

During the 1970s and 1980s, eminent local historian John W. (Jack) Delaney recorded a large number of interviews of people from the Hunter Valley, especially from the coalfields area. These interviews were recorded on audio cassette tapes, copies of which are held by the Coalfields Heritage Group who have kindly agreed to allow us to digitise these tapes and to make them available to the world. Our other partner in this endeavour is Coal & Allied Operations Pty Ltd who have provided a generous grant towards the work via the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund. This playlist features mineworkers including miners, engineers, managers, under managers, deputies, wheelers, electricians and fitters.

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4. Margaret Henry Oral History Project (1986-1989)

  • Published: 2015-08-31T23:10:45Z
  • By UONCC
Margaret Henry Oral History Project (1986-1989)

The Margaret Henry Oral History Archive is a collection of audio tapes, transcripts, summaries and essays that were part of the Oral Histories Open Foundation Course (1986-1989). Margaret Henry was a history lecturer at the UON in the 1980s. The oral history tapes have been digitised and made freely available to the wider global research community thanks to the generosity of The Vera Deacon Regional History Fund. The wider collection of Margaret Henry Oral History Archive – over 220 in total and with many stories of Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and its surrounds is an incredible legacy to Margaret Henry. The original audio tapes and written sources are held in Cultural Collections at the Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle (Australia). You are welcome to use the sources for study and personal research purposes. Please acknowledge as Courtesy of the “Margaret Henry Oral History Archive, University of Newcastle (Australia)" For commercial requests you must obtain permission by contacting Cultural Collections. If you are the subject of the stories, or know the subject of the stories, and have cultural or other reservations about the stories available on this website and would like to discuss this with us please contact Cultural Collections. If you have any further information on the audio files, please leave a comment. These sources are provided free of charge to the global community thanks to the generosity of the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund. Information about the Vera Deacon History Fund is here https://uoncc.wordpress.com/vera-deacon-fund/ And you can directly donate here: https://dotnet.newcastle.edu.au/donations/

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5. Voices of the Hunter - the woman's perspective

  • Published: 2015-09-02T03:31:40Z
  • By UONCC
Voices of the Hunter - the woman's perspective

During the 1970s and 1980s, eminent local historian John W. (Jack) Delaney recorded a large number of interviews of people from the Hunter Valley, especially from the coalfields area. These interviews were recorded on audio cassette tapes, copies of which are held by the Coalfields Heritage Group who have kindly agreed to allow us to digitise these tapes and to make them available to the world. Our other partner in this endeavour is Coal & Allied Operations Pty Ltd who have provided a generous grant towards the work via the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund. This playlist features women who lived in the Lower Hunter Valley coalfields. They give an insight into the lives of working families during the twentieth century.

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6. Voices of the Hunter - Retail & services

  • Published: 2015-08-28T03:57:35Z
  • By UONCC
Voices of the Hunter - Retail & services

During the 1970s and 1980s, eminent local historian John W. (Jack) Delaney recorded a large number of interviews of people from the Hunter Valley, especially from the coalfields area. These interviews were recorded on audio cassette tapes, copies of which are held by the Coalfields Heritage Group who have kindly agreed to allow us to digitise these tapes and to make them available to the world. Our other partner in this endeavour is Coal & Allied Operations Pty Ltd who have provided a generous grant towards the work via the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund. This playlist features people from the retail and service industries.

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7. Voices of the Hunter - Transport

  • Published: 2015-08-28T03:31:22Z
  • By UONCC
Voices of the Hunter - Transport

During the 1970s and 1980s, eminent local historian John W. (Jack) Delaney recorded a large number of interviews of people from the Hunter Valley, especially from the coalfields area. These interviews were recorded on audio cassette tapes, copies of which are held by the Coalfields Heritage Group who have kindly agreed to allow us to digitise these tapes and to make them available to the world. Our other partner in this endeavour is Coal & Allied Operations Pty Ltd who have provided a generous grant towards the work via the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund. This playlist features people from the transport industry.

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9. Aub Johns & Harold Slade, Miners. Recorded 11 April 1978. Part 2/2

  • Published: 2016-03-07T00:08:51Z
  • By UONCC
Aub Johns & Harold Slade, Miners. Recorded 11 April 1978. Part 2/2

TAPE 136B Aub Johns and Harold Slade Part 2 of 2 The conversation continues about businesses in Cessnock. George Sawley bought his pantomines. Len Oliver’s picture show. Galloway’s boarding house burned down by a big fire. AJ Tobay Aub’s first employer. Snape’s produce store selling chaff. Phillips’ garage and a billiard room. George Aden’s blacksmith’s shop across the creek. The Old Pie Man Sanderson – Herb Sanderson’s father. The Railway Hotel. Uncle Ted Harrison, Aub’s mother’s brother, used to drive his drags to the race course. 6:26 The Express Office was next to Verlakis where the Baby Clinic used to be. The fellow who ran the office boarded with his auntie. Aub went to the office one night aged 10 or 11. He was shown how a print was made into blocks for printing. They then shifted to the Hall where the vaudevilles were held. Joe Archer, Maude Fanning and Sadie Gale sang back to her mother in that hall. Etty Davis put Aub in that hall - 9:22 Bob Russick was between the creek and Andrew’s shop, Harold Means had his barber shop, Milty Bailey’s mother Tilly Lightfoot had her restaurant. Bob Russick went in after and Roley Brown followed. 10:30 Peter Baus used to ride with Al and Billy McBeth and Paddy Dean’s brother. 11:50 First publican at the Cessnock Hotel was Carroll then Brown. Bun McGraine had the pub built but couldn’t get the license because he’d been fined for riding drunk in Sydney. It was an old slab place like the school next to it. 13:00 Stapleford from Maitland – Charley and Jack Gray – Sternbeck first started by selling Redbird push bikes. Past Andrew’s shop FN Motorbikes sold by Billy Glynn. 14:28 In between Sadlers and Galloways was the post office. Pring was there before Andrews. There had been 13 pubs at Wollombi. Mrs George Brown (Martha Jones) and Harold Slade’s maternal grandmother were sisters. Jones married Cameron. 18:07 The One Mile – Ben Hall the bushranger – Skinner’s Hill – he bought a revolver in Maitland. 19:06 Bill Pierce’s paper shop – Poulton’s paper shop – Holdaway - 20:14 In 1908 Danny Howard were building the Infants School at Aberdare when Aub started school. Harold Slade lived on a farm till he was married. (Harold had been married 50 years at this time). Then to George Street for 21 years. Corner Davis Street there was a little shop/house where the Goodsirs lived. Aub’s aunty from Singleton (Mrs Clarke) – also owned by Jack Gehrig. (There is contention about this information.) 25:22 Down the hill to where the guy used to kill the horses. On the left there was a bakehouse (2 miles out) Monnix, the one armed bullock driver used to live in it. Behind that house were a couple of convict graves – with wooden crosses. 26:52 There was another bakehouse next to Sawyer’s Gully school, supplied Weston and Kurri. There’s a bit of the brick work still there. Bishop’s Ridge. There was a wine shop in the gully. 28:00 Dai Price and Jack Graham, had a motor buggy with four sulky wheels, Dai had a huge horse with “feet like an elephant” - 28:33 End Tape 136 Side B Part 2 of 2 --- Please email [email protected] if you are a subject of the interview, or know a subject of the interview, and have cultural or other reservations about the interview and summary being made available on this website and would like to discuss this with us.

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12. Elsie Williamson née Lodge (1900-1989) - Greta resident. Recorded 3 June 1984. Part 1/1.

  • Published: 2016-09-08T23:20:41Z
  • By UONCC
Elsie Williamson née Lodge (1900-1989) - Greta resident. Recorded 3 June 1984. Part 1/1.

312A Elsie Williamson 1913-1940 03/06/1984 0:30 Elsie Lodge was her maiden name 0:35 She was born Allandale in 1900 0:47 "Malabah" station, Allandale 0:49 Her father's name was Henry Lodge 0:54 Mary Anne Nicholls from Bishop's Bridge 2:19 She was married at Lochinvar Church, 1917. She lived at Keinbah on part of her grandfather's property. 2:46 She moved from Allandale to Keinbah and then to Greta, 1913 3:00 Father carted pit timber 3:46 There were 8 in her family. Henry Oliver Lodge was her brother who married Jessie Bates from Muswellbrook Her elder sister Eva married George Chaff 4:09 Bert Lodge brother George Lodge brother also married a woman from Muswellbrook. 4:49 Liza Lodge sister married Bill Henry Suzie Lodge sister married Jack Scotman. Jim Lodge was the youngest brother. 5:18 William Williamson was her husband Pearl Short was her daughter 5:55 Dolly (Elsie May) her daughter who married Merv. Almond Bill Williamson her son Norma Radley Lesley Williamson son married Miss Ward 6:40 Albert Williamson son married Miss Bacon from Branxton Jim Williamson the youngest son 7:25 Elsie attended Keinbah Public School - Lodge's Road. 10:05 Father worked for Greta Council - supplied pit timber, gravel contractor. Councillor Proudfoot. She left school before she was 13. She did housework in other people's homes. 12:58 Recalls electricity being connected to Greta - Whitburn supplied the power. c 1920. They used kerosene for lighting. 14:17 Recalls water being connected to Greta in the 1950's Recalls carting water from river 15:14 Anvil Creek pit - Mr Humphrey - her husband worked there and at Whitburn until he retired. 15:40 Noah Palmer's open-air picture show alongside the hotel. 16:15 Albert Lever had a mixed business. 16:25 Tom Warton - Elsie worked for him. He was an auctioneer. 18:33 Jack Horton - his mother had a shop which Jack eventually ran. 20:00 Bob Hunter - had a hall for use (dances) and a bike shop. Her mother didn't allow Elsie to go to dances. 21:03 Recollection of circus coming to town - 21:41 The Whitburn Colliery brought a lot of men from Newcastle. Newcastle Coal Mining Company. Her husband and his father had been working in Newcastle. 22:28 Recalls travelling to Maitland with her mother in horse & buggy until the train came. She and Mrs. Warton would go together with the kids. They Lodge family would drive out on Sunday to Elderslie. Picnicking on the river. 24:09 Recollection of Headley's double decker horse bus connecting from the railway to Greta. Few Greta people went to Branxton. 25:14 Harold Ford's father started the bus run. 27:38 Jack Proudfoot, Jim Proudfoot - brothers. 28:57 Lewis' Hall, Greta was shifted to Kurri 30:12 New Greta Colliery known as "Scrappy" 30:16 The 'Pong', a mine owned by Bill Humphries 34:34 They used iron tank for water storage. They used to store butter etc., hung down the in the well. 36:02 Recalls methods of food preparation and the garden, fowls and cows. 37:37 Commentary on the standard of living and healthcare since the Depression. 40:31 End of Tape 312, Side A, Part1/1. --- Please email [email protected] if you are a subject of the interview, or know a subject of the interview, and have cultural or other reservations about the interview and summary being made available on this website and would like to discuss this with us.

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13. 2NUR FM Collection 1979 - 1983

  • Published: 2017-03-29T02:05:08Z
  • By UONCC
2NUR FM Collection 1979 - 1983

In the late 70s, through to the 80s, 2NUR FM hosted a program called ‘The Word this Week’. The show focused on poetry, prose and literature figures. Its topics varied from Shakespeare, to children, to cricket. Over 70 recordings of this show, and one or two other UoN focused 2NUR FM programs, were found within the UON recording archives. For the first time ever, we have edited and compiled these recordings into these 47 tracks. All accompanying photos were sourced from the Cultural Collections' Flickr which can be found here: www.flickr.com/photos/uon/

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14. Toorumbee Creek Community - John Linehan - 19 Aug 1989

  • Published: 2015-09-08T05:19:07Z
  • By UONCC
Toorumbee Creek Community - John Linehan - 19 Aug 1989

Interview by Peter Blanch in 1989 with John Lineham about the Toorumbee Creek Community, an alternative life-style movement. Members of this group come from diverse backgrounds, many disillusioned with modern urban society. Toorumbee Creek is located in the Macleay Valley on the mid-north coast of NSW. Their aim was to "settle the country and develop a self sufficient life-style based on appropriate, mainly soft technology". John first become interested in Toorumbee Creek in 1977 when he met John Burne and Chris Davis who had the idea of setting up an alternate life-style community. The attraction was to get away to the pristine isolated environment, to the tranquility, an escape from technology and industry. The Margaret Henry Oral History Archive is a collection of audio tapes, transcripts, summaries and essays that were part of the Oral Histories Open Foundation Course (1986-1989). Margaret Henry was a history lecturer at the UON in the 1980s. The oral history tapes have been digitised by Cultural Collections, UON Library and made freely available to the wider global research community thanks to the generosity of The Vera Deacon Regional History Fund. The wider collection of Margaret Henry Oral History Archive – over 220 in total and with many stories of Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and its surrounds and records voices describing the Regions cultural, intellectual and social life. It is an incredible legacy to Margaret Henry. The original audio tapes and written sources are held in Cultural Collections at the Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle (Australia). You are welcome to use the sources for study and personal research purposes. Please acknowledge as Courtesy of the “Margaret Henry Oral History Archive, University of Newcastle (Australia)" For commercial requests you must obtain permission by contacting Cultural Collections. If you are the subject of the stories, or know the subject of the stories, and have cultural or other reservations about the stories available on this website and would like to discuss this with us please contact Cultural Collections at [email protected] If you have any further information on the audio files, please leave a comment. These sources are provided free of charge to the global community thanks to the generosity of the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund. Information about the Vera Deacon History Fund is here https://uoncc.wordpress.com/vera-deacon-fund/ And you can directly donate here: https://dotnet.newcastle.edu.au/donations/

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15. Voices of the Hunter - Wine industry

  • Published: 2015-09-03T00:09:48Z
  • By UONCC
Voices of the Hunter - Wine industry

During the 1970s and 1980s, eminent local historian John W. (Jack) Delaney recorded a large number of interviews of people from the Hunter Valley, especially from the coalfields area. These interviews were recorded on audio cassette tapes, copies of which are held by the Coalfields Heritage Group who have kindly agreed to allow us to digitise these tapes and to make them available to the world. Our other partner in this endeavour is Coal & Allied Operations Pty Ltd who have provided a generous grant towards the work via the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund. This playlist features people involved with the wine industry, including Hunter Valley vignerons.

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16. Eileen & Bill Armstrong - Abermain residents. Bill worked in the mines. Part 1/2. 18 Nov 1984.

  • Published: 2015-10-02T04:52:26Z
  • By UONCC
Eileen & Bill Armstrong -  Abermain residents. Bill worked in the mines. Part 1/2.  18 Nov 1984.

366A Eileen and Bill Armstrong Recorded 18 November 1984 Part 1 of 2 Time period covered: 1920-1960 0:46 Mayfield (suburb of Abermain) 1:11 Born 1916. Attended Abermain Convent School. Recollection of Abermain Catholic Church. 1:56 Number of pupils, Abermain Convent school. Bill Armstrong emigrated at age nine. 3:31 Born Aberdeen, Scotland. Bill Spruce 4:17 Worked at Abermain No.1 Colliery. 4:32 Location of outcrop where coal discovered. Albert Spruce William Tester 7:05 "The Orchard" 8:06 Recalls drowning of child in dam. Minnie Mitchellmore Earl Sternbeck Harry Howard "Old School Hill", Abermain. Tom Coaldrake Norman Murdy 18:30 Catherine Kennedy Bill Armstrong, Abermain Fire Captain. 19:21 Abermain Fire Brigade est. 1913. Ken Magor Bert Holwell Charlie Cummins Owned mixed business in Abermain. 22:25 "Fan Hill", Abermain. Bob Watson 24:39 Recalls when father first came to Abermain. Barney Halpin (uncle) Albert Halpin, Laurie Halpin. Bill Colben 25:46 Vera Halpin (mother) Andy Halpin Larry Halpin Steve Connelly (uncle) 26:37 "Happy Valley" Homestead. Lilly Connelly Fred Date Eva Craft, née Connelly. 29:22 Recollection of visit by priest. Abermain Church Hall built c.1904. 30:46 Abermain Convent School c.1908. Recollection of early Abermain fire brigade. 32:07 Fire brigade used hose reel.   Recollection of "Essex 6" hose carriage. 34:41 Recalls early practicing doctors in Abermain. Dr Allsop. 35:41 Location of level crossing, Abermain. Cessnock Street (Lang Street). 37:48 Smith's Crossing, Neath. Mayfield (suburb of Abermain). 38:41 Recollection of early hall, Abermain. Connor's bakery, Abermain. Les Lumsden 40:26 Youngman & Thompson bootmakers. Jack Hall, barber. 40:56 Dick Jones, coal carrier. Price of water c.1930. 41:49 Recalls how "Old School Hill" got its name. 41:53 Recalls how "Fan Hill" got its name. Charlie Harris 43:23 Mick Bromage Ken Bromage 44:21 End (Tape 366/Side A) Part 1 of 2 --- Please email [email protected] if you are a subject of the interview, or know a subject of the interview, and have cultural or other reservations about the interview and summary being made available on this website and would like to discuss this with us.

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17. George Ryder (1906-1989)- Rover Motors Owner - Recorded 21st August, 1983 - 1/2

  • Published: 2016-08-16T02:28:18Z
  • By UONCC
George Ryder (1906-1989)- Rover Motors Owner - Recorded 21st August, 1983 - 1/2

George Ryder was born at Tinga in 1906. He moved to Cessnock in 1925 at the age of nineteen and began driving motor buses for Ditton & Hill, who were early operators in the area. By 1929, and only four years later, he was running his own bus company, Rover Motors, which he had purchased from Les Hill. He had also acquired other small runs in the area which were then absorbed by Rover Motors. In his spare time Mr Ryder excelled at many sports, namely tennis and golf. He was also President of the Cessnock Rugby League Club when they won their first premiership in 1942. George Ryder was also involved in horse racing and has been a member of the Sydney Turf Club board for 37 years, the last three as chairman. He also was owner of the Woodlands and Kiora estate stud farms. For a summary of this recording, please see https://downloads.newcastle.edu.au/library/cultural%20collections/voth/pdf/245a_GeorgeRyder_sum.pdf --- Please email [email protected] if you are a subject of the interview, or know a subject of the interview, and have cultural or other reservations about the interview and summary being made available on this website and would like to discuss this with us.

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18. Life in Lambton - May Hoy - 9 Sept 1987

  • Published: 2015-09-03T02:39:16Z
  • By UONCC
Life in Lambton - May Hoy - 9 Sept 1987

Interview by Kerry Johnson in 1987 with Evelyn May Hoy (known as May) local resident and historian of Lambton, New South Wales. May was born in 1909 and moved to Lambton in the 1920s, she reflects on her education, lifestyle, businesses and the development of the suburb over the decades. The Margaret Henry Oral History Archive is a collection of audio tapes, transcripts, summaries and essays that were part of the Oral Histories Open Foundation Course (1986-1989). Margaret Henry was a history lecturer at the UON in the 1980s. The oral history tapes have been digitised by Cultural Collections, UON Library and made freely available to the wider global research community thanks to the generosity of The Vera Deacon Regional History Fund. The wider collection of Margaret Henry Oral History Archive – over 220 in total and with many stories of Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and its surrounds and records voices describing the Regions cultural, intellectual and social life. It is an incredible legacy to Margaret Henry. The original audio tapes and written sources are held in Cultural Collections at the Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle (Australia). You are welcome to use the sources for study and personal research purposes. Please acknowledge as Courtesy of the “Margaret Henry Oral History Archive, University of Newcastle (Australia)" For commercial requests you must obtain permission by contacting Cultural Collections. If you are the subject of the stories, or know the subject of the stories, and have cultural or other reservations about the stories available on this website and would like to discuss this with us please contact Cultural Collections at [email protected] If you have any further information on the audio files, please leave a comment. These sources are provided free of charge to the global community thanks to the generosity of the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund. Information about the Vera Deacon History Fund is here https://uoncc.wordpress.com/vera-deacon-fund/ And you can directly donate here: https://dotnet.newcastle.edu.au/donations/

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19. Voices of the Hunter - Teachers

  • Published: 2015-08-28T02:35:49Z
  • By UONCC
Voices of the Hunter - Teachers

During the 1970s and 1980s, eminent local historian John W. (Jack) Delaney recorded a large number of interviews of people from the Hunter Valley, especially from the coalfields area. These interviews were recorded on audio cassette tapes, copies of which are held by the Coalfields Heritage Group who have kindly agreed to allow us to digitise these tapes and to make them available to the world. Our other partner in this endeavour is Coal & Allied Operations Pty Ltd who have provided a generous grant towards the work via the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund. This playlist features educators.

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