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Wayne McCulloch interviewed by Bruce Simpson and Bill Gammage in the Drovers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 1116071
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
McCulloch, Wayne, 1950-, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2001, July 13 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 67 min.) 
Series

Drovers oral history project.

Summary

Folkloric recording. Wayne McCulloch, born in Brisbane, talks about his early interest in livestock; his father’s background and family history; his education; leaving home at 15, to work on a dairy farm; his first experience of an outback stock camp on a station south of Windorah; learning riding and stock skills from head stockman, Merv Watley; developing good horse-tailing skills; responsibilities, rounding up horses in the morning; horse bells, hobbles; stock camp procedure; settling horses for the night; greenhide and peg hobbles; transition to harness leather; treatment of valued camp horses; sorting cattle after mustering, role of 'face' horses; comparison of traditional open drafting to camp horse competitions; recognising and developing a horse's cattle skills; cattle work, skills; Gordon Gadd; Augathella Station; running an outstation on Miranda Downs; the struggle to find work with his own mustering plant, transition to motorbikes, challenges; stockmanship; stations returning to horse work; shortage of experienced stockmen to pass on traditional skills; developing the confidence to manage other men; his techniques when teaching young stockmen, discipline, mentorship; the modern pastoral industry and adapting to modern cattle working methods; impact of modern economics on the cattle industry; wage levels; a poem by Mark Kleinsmith; mustering rogue bullocks on Virgemont Station; an attack by a charging bullock.

Partial contents
  • Story of riding Dick Smith's camp horse
  • Story of McCulloch's first attempt to throw a wild bullock by the tail.
 
Notes

Also available online at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.oh-vn1116071

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 33 leaves) 
Subjects McCulloch, Wayne, - 1950- - Interviews.  |  Droving - Australia - Anecdotes.  |  Drovers - Australia - Interviews.
Occupation Drovers.
Other authors/contributors Simpson, Bruce (Bruce Forbes), 1923-, Interviewer  |  Gammage, Bill, 1942-, Interviewer

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Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)
ORAL TRC 4599/15 (transcript)
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Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)
ORAL TRC 4599/15 (summary)
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Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)

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