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Colin Newsome interviewed by Bruce Simpson and Bill Gammage in the Drovers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2134278
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Newsome, Colin, 1916-2008, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2002 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 60 min.) 
Series

Drovers oral history project.

Summary

Colin Newsome, author and storyteller, born 1916, in Glen Innes speaks about attending school at Wellingrove; his first job working for his father farming sheep and cattle; his grandfather financing properties in the family; the era of the Depression; beginning work for Colin Ward; train-jumping and musical influences (Tex Morton); enlisting in the army; an experience of sailing to New Guinea; recites part of a poem he wrote about the battalions; talks generally about the fighting in New Guinea and being in New Guinea for two weeks but not taking part in the fighting; leaving the army and beginning work as a shearer; the record numbers of sheep sheared by himself and others.

Newsome speaks about Moree and gambling; his career as a boxer; taking lessons in boxing and the techniques; riding in bush carnivals as a buck jumper; boxing once with Jimmy Sharman; winning a bullock riding championship; the competitions and bulls used for buck jumping; more about boxing for Sharman and travelling with circus trains; learning to wrestle; recites a poem written about the 'Gympie Giant'; the life of a showman; the slang used by show people; spending two years with Jimmy Sharman; a yarn about Sharman; the shearer's strikes; poems written about the industry; his part in negotiations and describes an incident where shearers marched against employers; going to the High Court over wage dispute; life member of Labor Party and shearer's Union.

Notes

Recorded on Oct. 4, 2002 at Charters Towers, Qld.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221264154

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (1 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 21 leaves) 
Subjects Newsome, Colin, 1916-2008 -- Interviews.  |  Sheep-shearing -- New South Wales -- Anecdotes.
Occupation Authors.  |  Storytellers.  |  Shearers.
Other authors/contributors Gammage, Bill, 1942-, Interviewer  |  Simpson, Bruce (Bruce Forbes), 1923-2019, Interviewer

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