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Harold Johns interviewed by Gregg Borschmann in the People's forest oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 1305264
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Johns, Harold, 1910-1996, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1993 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 90 min.) 
Series

People's forest oral history project.

Summary

Johns, a sleeper cutter, speaks of life in early twentieth century Australia when the main mode of transportation was trains; of starting work in 1924 at 14 years of age as a sleeper cutter in the Pilliga Forest of north central New South Wales (NSW), cutting the big ironbark trees for the railway lines coming through from Coonabarabran; the transportation used to cart sleepers; making a good wage during the boom times; what tools he worked with and how to care for them; life in the bush working 6 days per week; the social life & amenities available from the nearest town, Gwabegar; learning how to survive on "bush tucker"; the effects of the Depression in the late 1920s to early 1930s; work accidents suffered throughout his working life carting sleepers, hauling wool and hay; being under doctor's orders to stop work as a cutter at 36 years of age; the Pilliga Forest, how he had seen the forest at it's best in the early years and that by 1996 the big ironbarks and cypress pines had gone and in 1997 the forest had been burnt by massive bushfires.

Notes

Recorded on October 29, 1993 in Gwabegar, NSW.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-203911905

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and corrected transcript (typescript, 27 leaves) 
Subjects Johns, Harold, 1910-1996 -- Interviews.  |  Loggers -- New South Wales -- Social conditions.  |  Loggers -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Loggers -- New South Wales -- Pilliga Forest.  |  Loggers -- New South Wales -- Economic conditions.
Occupation Sleeper cutters.
Other authors/contributors Borschmann, Gregg (Gregg John), 1955-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 2845/22
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ORAL TRC 2845/22 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 2845/22 (summary)
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