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Thomas Shanahan interviewed by Suzanne Walker [sound recording]
Bib ID 2081039
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Shanahan, Thomas, 1892-1979, Interviewee
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Description 1974 
2 tape reels (ca. 331 min.) : 1 7/8 ips ; 5 in. 

Shanahan, former accountant, hotelier and Chairperson, Winton Shire Council, describes his family background & early life, Gympie, Qld; clerk, Atherton-Evelyn railway construction; camp living conditions; Atherton Chinese; timber supplies; axemen incl. Ned Ward, son of Captain Thunderbolt; locality names; fellow workers, incl. Ted Theodore; Mackay-Rockhampton link; Arthur Fadden; other North Queensland towns; Homestead sawmill; Dimbulah-Mt Mulligan line; Afghans; Buckingham Downs Station; growth of camps; labour problems; correspondence study; winding down projects; his wedding; presentation of accounts to Parliament; Mt Cuthbert mine; Rollingstone; Cloncurry accountancy practice; Qantas history; Winton aerodrome; American interest in Mt Isa; strikes on Townsville-Ingham line; Great Northern Hotel, Townsville; drought, Winton Region; Winton Shire Council.

Shanahan discusses the Stock Routes Improvement Boards, Noogurra burr; sectarian campaign in Shire election; Qld Local Authorities Asson; conferences, Brisbane; links with other West Qld towns; Depression; feeding unemployed, North Gregory Hotel, Winton; local sport; Western Qld Local Authorities Asson; report on rehabilitation & construction, West Qld; ass'n with Joe Lyons; approaches to enter Federal Parliament; mutton dehydration works, Winton; Thomas Wood's Cobbers; Jack Lawton, overseer Dagworth Station when Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda; visiting Dr Wood, England; effect of WW2 in West Qld; local enlistment officer; Women's Emergency League, visit to Winton by Lyndon Johnston; women of the West; oil drilling.


Recorded at Mr Shanahan's home, Norman Park, Qld on 15 and 18 January 1974.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available (typescript, 107 leaves). 
Subjects Shanahan, Thomas, 1892-1979 -- Interviews.  |  Winton (Qld. : Shire) Council.  |  Accountants -- Queensland -- Interviews.  |  Hotelkeepers -- Queensland -- Interviews.  |  Local officals and employees -- Queensland -- Winton -- Interviews.  |  Railroads -- Queensland -- Design and construction -- History.  |  Local government -- Queensland, Western -- History.
Other authors/contributors Lunney, Suzanne, Interviewer

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