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.
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