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Arthur Morrison interviewed by Peter Parkhill in the Voices from the Illawarra collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 1038457
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Morrison, Arthur, 1908-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1994 
6 sound tape reels (ca. 205 min.): analog, 7 1/2 ips, full track mono. 

Voices from the Illawarra collection.


Arthur Morrison, discusses his family life and background; his father born Bundanoon (1876), moving to the Illawarra, a miner at Coalcliff and Scarborough also a butcher, horse breaker, sleeper cutter; president and/or secretary of different lodges; his involvement in setting up Colac Hospital (1917); Bulli Council recognising his father's community service and named Morrison Avenue after him; father a gardener, grew vegetables; mother made clothes; miners used handdrills, some mines three foot six high, working down on knees; poor air quality; mine accidents; miners mostly illiterate; WWI Waratahs march from Nowra to Liverpool army camp to enlist; railways during the war; stealing coal.

Morrison talks about his schooling; office boy at pit; brass bands in everytown; coal trains; 1920's families given gifts of coal; mine rescue teams; silicosis; miner's deaths; fresh milk pre-pasteurisation; surf club; sectarianism; importance of pubs; black market wine; bus service linking Bulli, Thirroul, Coledale etc.; WWII Japanese aircraft flew over rail yard, no lights; job at mines aged 15; mother organised job at railways; NSW Railways; junior cleaner; youngest fireman in state; 'call boy' work; importance of Thirroul rail depot; working on engines, danger, accidents; grades of railway tracks; weight of engines; watering trains Summit Tank, near Robertson; safety issues; Thirroul; Macquarie Pass; regular train trips; preparing engines; oiling; avoiding dirty fires; firing; pressure on boilers; trips to Sydney.


Recorded on Jan. 1, 1994.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.) 
Subjects Morrison, Arthur, 1908- -- Interviews.  |  Coal mines and mining -- New South Wales -- History.  |  Railroads -- New South Wales -- Employees.
Other authors/contributors Parkhill, Peter, Interviewer


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