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Fred Hughes interviewed by Chris Woodland for the Chris Woodland folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2138353
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Hughes, Fred, 1906-, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1992 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 66 min.) 

Chris Woodland folklore collection.


Fred Hughes speaks about his siblings; his father being a wharf labourer; the Bubonic Plague; meals from the City Mission Soup Kitchen (1917); his parents work; Briggs McCarthy; his brother's ability to play many instruments; his sister being a good singer; working at waterfront since the age of 14; travelling around the world with Frank Todd; life during The Depression, selling rabbits, fish and apples from a horse and cart; his brother singing and playing the piano in pubs and his sister singing at the Log Cabin in the Blue Mountains; fishing at ferry punts; cooking and heating technologies; his mother growing vegetables in a bath; the Maritime Services; discoveries of old hotels (pubs) from the 19th century; The Rocks being a focus point for Sydney, for trade and business; brothels; convict relics found at Argyle Place; the Hero of Waterloo having the coldest beer in Sydney due to the sandstone rock; notable streets in The Rocks; William (Billy) Patrick Fitzgerald, Lord Mayor of Sydney; wharf workers standing up for underprivileged people; nick-names; thefts at the Wharves; Clive Walsh.

Hughes talks about food eaten while working at the wharves; tricks used to avoid fares on the trams; spruiking newspapers and race books; selling newspapers after school; seeing Henry Lawson while working at The Bulletin; the lunchtime bell at the Wharves; industrial accidents at the waterfront, most workers having no first aid training, iodine used as main cure; the accidents caused from horse-drawn vehicles sharing the road with trams; the hard conditions for wharf labourers and clerks; pick-up days; wharf labourers being a broad mixture of people; the boxer James (Jimmy) Carruthers; Mick Hawkins; Les Darcy; Jack Hassen; changes to working conditions at the waterfront; the introduction of machinery, such as forklifts; his brother's injury; attending Saturday dances and going to the Louse House, Argyle Place; boxing tournaments; Jack Finney; his dancing experience and working as a dance judge.


Recorded on 27 February 1992.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) 
Subjects Hughes, Fred -- Interviews.  |  Stevedores -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- Interviews.
Occupation Stevedores.
Other authors/contributors Woodland, Chris, 1938-, Interviewer

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