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Ted Roach interviewed by Stephen Rapley in the NSW Bicentennial oral history collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2168849
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Roach, Ted, 1909-, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1988 Feb. 2 
3 sound cassettes (ca. 135 min.) : 1 7/8 ips. 
Series

NSW Bicentennial oral history collection.

Summary

Born on Coaldale Station on NSW South Coast, Roach speaks of his parent's background; brothers and sisters; grandparents; family homes and living conditions; father's employment as a coal miner; local community around Scarborough Mine; family life; school; childhood games; father being victimised at work for union involvement and during 1917 strike; family moving north; family discipline; baths; family relationships; father's politics; celebrating 8 hour day; family meals and diet; chores; religion; running a fruit cart in Newcastle area, work and conditions; experiences selling fruit; leaving home; employment in sugar mill in Queensland, conditions and work there; being unemployed and secretary of Unemployed Workers Movement in Mackay; unemployed lifestyle during Depression; becoming a member of Communist Party; conditions for the unemployed; unemployed strike; lifestyle collecting food and living in tin shed with other unemployed workers; finding work; travelling; working for Communist Party whilst on dole, experiences as a trade union organiser; Federated Iron Workers Union, Minority Movement, thugs and threats; issues faced as leader of Waterside Workers Union; working conditions at Port Kembla; union opposition; union activities of 1930s; union officials.

Notes

Includes index.

Recorded by the NSW Bicentennial Oral History Project, funded by a bicentennial grant to the NSW Council on the Ageing and the Oral History Association of Australia (NSW).

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-216350072

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) and transcript available: 3 v. (40 p., 32 p., 4 p.). 
Subjects Roach, Ted, 1909- -- Interviews.  |  Older people -- New South Wales -- Biography.  |  Labor unions -- New South Wales -- History.  |  Labor unions -- New South Wales -- Officials and employees.  |  New South Wales -- Social conditions -- 1922-1945.
Other authors/contributors Rapley, Stephen, Interviewer  |  N.S.W. Council on the Ageing  |  Oral History Association of Australia. N.S.W. Branch  |  NSW Bicentennial Oral History Project

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ORAL TRC 2301/181 (summary)
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