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Daphne McDonald interviewed by Rob Willis in Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 1119256
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
McDonald, Daphne, 1914-, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2003 Sept. 3 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 94 min.) 

Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection.


Folkloric recording.

Daphne McDonald, born at The Oaks, near Camden, N.S.W. recalls her father, Thomas Seymour, a carpenter from the Burragorang Valley, N.S.W. and first lieutenant in WW I; her mother Ruth Mary Healey, born in Ballarat, N.S.W. who established a midwifery Hospital at Weerona, N.S.W.; her mother's music and the songs she learnt from her; circumstances which led to her and her sister living in an orphanage and convent for a number of years; her childhood in Wollongong, N.S.W.; her training as a Domestic Science teacher, at Sydney Teacher's College (1930); first posting as an infant teacher, bonded for 3 years to Boronia Park, Sydney; posting to Baradine, N.S.W. at 21 years of age to teach a combined kindergarten, 1st & 2nd class totaling 60 children (1935); teaching post at Balgowrie, N.S.W. (1940); memories of air raid sirens; a great number of children's games and rhymes learnt during her time a teacher; teaching in the Illawarra region, N.S.W. on 35 shillings per week (1934)

McDonald recalls the Undesirable Climate Allowance payable for working at Baradine; social activities at Baradine, such as walking, golf, Bachelor & Spinster Balls; types of dances performed at balls; fires in Baradine; general stores and community life in Baradine (1930s onwards); Baradine School; return to work as a Librarian (1960s)

Partial contents
  • TAPE 1 Singing: The banks of Allan Water (fragment)
  • Recitation: The banks of Allan Water (song)
  • Singing: This is the end of a perfect day (fragment)
  • We don't want to loose you- Boer War (fragment)
  • repeated
  • Just before the battle mother (fragment)
  • Do not trust him, gentle maiden (fragment)
  • Recitation: The passion flower (song fragment)
  • Singing: The passion flower
  • The wearing of the green (fragment)

Daphne McDonald is a retired teacher.


Recorded with Bruce Cameron.

Recorded on Sept. 3, 2003 at Baradine, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia ;

Related Material Related oral history with Daphne McDonald: located at; National Library of Australia Oral History & Indigenous Programs collection at ORAL TRC 6936/55. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) 
Subjects McDonald, Daphne, 1914- -- Interviews.  |  Folk singers -- New South Wales -- Baradine -- Interviews.  |  Folk songs, English -- New South Wales -- History -- 1901-1945.  |  Games -- New South Wales -- History -- 1901-1945  |  Teachers -- New South Wales -- Social conditions -- 1901-1945 -- Anecdotes.  |  Nursery rhymes, English -- New South Wales -- History -- 1901-1945.
Occupation Teachers  |  Folk singers
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Cameron, Bruce, 1953-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 5035/15-16
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