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Peter and Margaret Hunt interviewed by Rob and Olya Willis in the Rob Willis folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 221347
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Hunt, Peter, 1938-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1997 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 65 min.) 
Series

Rob Willis folklore collection

Summary

Peter Hunt speaks of his years as a miner at Lithgow from the 1960's till retirement in 1997; working underground at the Invincible - disruptions - team spirit; union influence; cutting coal was learnt as they went - learning to drive the miner; shuttle car - explaining the mechanics; old miners - losing old values; introduction on 'long wall' mining - explains the techniques; opening the old mine again; affect of the American Co. operations taking over; no rivalry between collieries for production quotas; people chose mining because of the money earned; explains bonus system, bonus set by negotiation; mechanisation - explains air circulation - airways - innovations developed; management extremely safety conscious; Tune: unidentified song performed; comments on statement made in the book 'Bent Backs'; effect of the closure of the mines and small clothing factories in the Lithgow area.

Peter Hunt speaks of the effect of the closure of the mines and small clothing factories in the Lithgow area; Lithgow survived the Recession well in 1980s - economy not good at the present time; Margaret Hunt talks about the economy; accidents / deaths effect the entire community; women's role in the mining family - women more prominent in times of hardship / distress; miners help the community ; big machinery in small spaces - health problems small later in life; conditions not taken into account when the people think about the big money earned by the miners; no stigma attached to being a miner - jealousy during an economic difficulty; Peter talks about Lithgow having no social strata; general talk about class structure; leaders seem to be lacking, no vitality; sport representation very strong; Mines Museum - beginning, collecting displays involving the old miners - restoration of the steam engine / track grants to help restoration.

Notes

No transcript available.

Recorded on Nov. 15 1997 at Lithgow, N.S.W.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (2 p.) 
Subjects Hunt, Margaret, - 1942- - Interviews.  |  Hunt, Peter, - 1938- - Interviews.  |  Coal miners - New South Wales - Lithgow - Interviews.  |  Coal miners - Labor unions - News South Wales - Lithgow - History - 20th century.  |  Coal miners - Family relationships - New South Wales - Lithgow.
Occupation Teachers.  |  Coal miners.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Willis, Olya, Interviewer  |  Hunt, Margaret, 1942-, Interviewee

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