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Bruce Simpson interviewed by Bill Gammage in the Drovers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 453199
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Simpson, Bruce (Bruce Forbes), 1923-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies; written permission required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 2000 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 63 min.) 
Series

Drovers oral history project.

Summary

Bruce Simpson talks about growing up on a selection block; his riding skills; working on stations and with drovers in the Northern Territory; running his own droving plant in the 1950s; the decline of droving era; opening a saddlery shop in Winton (c.1960); the size of cattle herds, breaking in wild mobs; the strength of character required to be a boss drover; status of different kinds of drovers; responsibilities and priorities; rushes/stampedes; the value of a good night horse; layout of camp at night; dry camps through the Murranji; planning stages along the route based on water; the pack-horse plant, supplies carried; wagonettes; swags; droving practices; problems with cooks; droving anecdotes; the satisfactions of a drovers life; delivering cattle, to trucks, the depot; counting bullocks on delivery and payment; story of disagreement over payment at Brighton; his employers; story of losing packhorses and horse-tailer on droving trip from Chatsworth; story of losing hobbled horses; his early interest in becoming a drover; horse breaking with Cammy Cleary; hazards, illegal droving practices, stock routes; droving terms; his involvement as spokesman in the Drovers' strike of 1956 over pay levels, previous drovers' strikes; story of bad bullock from Manbulloo; story of tracking lost bullocks; food supplies; dangerous situations; old-time drovers and the challenges they faced; his appreciation for the droving life; his four publications; Ted Egan.

Notes

Recorded on July 10, 2000 at Camooweal, Qld.

Digital master; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore collection;

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 31 leaves) 
Subjects Simpson, Bruce - (Bruce Forbes), - 1923- - Interviews.  |  Droving - Australia - Biography.  |  Droving - Australia - Anecdotes.  |  Drovers - Australia - Interviews.
Occupation Drovers.
Other authors/contributors Gammage, Bill, 1942-, Interviewer

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