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Jim Lowe interviewed by Barry McDonald in the Barry McDonald folklore collection, 1970-1989 [sound recording]
Bib ID 1866919
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Lowe, Jim, 1896-1984, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Written permission required for both research and public use during the lifetime of the interviewer. 
Description 1984 Aug. 22 
1 sound tape reel (58 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, half track, mono. ; 7 in. 
Series

Barry McDonald folklore collection, 1970-1989.

Summary

Folkloric recording: Jim Lowe discusses the folk music and songs of the Backwater Region, N.S.W. REEL 2720/41/34. Music: - 1. Unidentified (one-step tune; whistling then lilting). 2. Conversation: How a Welsh miner put in a tunnel between Backwater and Glencoe, talks about his friend Angelo Pappalus, guns and knives and bayonets, making money at Backwater but in fact no-one did though some did better reworking the Chinese diggings, how Tom Lowe (uncle) worked for Premier Jack Lang in Sydney, how he got lucky striking tin later sold in Glen Innes, how he never belonged to a union, recalls old time wages on a dredge, the difficulty in comparing wage with mining, wages for ringbarking, how wages were spent and spending sprees, no underground mines at Backwater - only at Kingsgate which had good safety record, how his uncle Ted had worked there, why there was no talk of socialism at Backwater and the reasons he rejected it, recalls squatters like Colonel White of Bald Blair and Billy Bracken & Jack Light, how families of mining accident victims were compensated, women involved in mining - his own mother, Mrs. Cosgrove, Granny Hibberd all good miners, how he himself started mining at age 7, how mining tools were sharpened, how he liked axe and shovel work, discusses the best kind of knives.

Notes

Recorded on Aug. 22, 1984 at Guyra, N.S.W.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Detailed summary available (2 p.) 
Subjects Lowe, Jim, 1896-1984 -- Interviews.  |  Folk musicians -- New South Wales -- Guyra Region -- Interviews.  |  Folk singers -- New South Wales -- Guyra Region -- Interviews.  |  Folk music -- New South Wales -- Guyra Region.  |  Mines and mineral resources -- New South Wales -- Backwater.  |  Mines and mineral resources -- New South Wales -- Kingsgate.  |  Miners -- New South Wales -- Backwater.  |  Backwater (N.S.W.) -- History.
Other authors/contributors McDonald, Barry, 1955-, Interviewer

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