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Noel Willetts interviewed by Bruce Simpson and Bill Gammage in the Drovers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 1975047
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Willetts, Pic, 1931-, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2000 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 46 min.) 
Series

Drovers oral history project.

Summary

Noel Willetts born in Nanango, Qld. discusses his family life; moving to Winton (1945) to work on a cattle station; working on various sheep stations; cattle drives; acquiring his own plant (1952); horse breaking and horse dealing; working as head stockman on a Vestey's property (1954); stock work; difficulties maintaining droving teams; cattle "rushes" or stampedes; difficulties droving across the deserts and black soil plains; drought years; road trains; contract work; cattle mustering; working conditions; Drovers' strike (1956); cattle industry changes; treatment of cattle by station-owners; watering stock; over-large mobs of travelling cattle, profit-driven practices; price crash (1974); his retirement; the personalities and abilities of some drovers; the last great cattle drive, the characters involved in the journey; the Stockman's Hall of Fame; droving difficulties, hardships and experiences; putting horseshoes on footsore bullocks; conclusion.

Biography/History

Noel "Pic" Willetts was a drover.

Notes

Recorded in July 8, 2000 in Camooweal, Qld.

Also available online at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.oh-vn1975047

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (2 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 32 leaves) 
Subjects Willetts, Pic, - 1931- - Interviews.  |  Droving - Australia - Anecdotes.  |  Drovers - Australia - Interviews.  |  Droving - Australia - Biography.  |  Cattle drives - Queensland - History.
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 4599/1 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 4599/1 (summary)
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