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Raymond and Francis Betty Scanlon interviewed by Rob Willis in Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2641323
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Scanlon, Ray, 1925-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2003 Aug. 19 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 95 min.) 
Series

Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection.

Summary

Folkloric recording.

Betty Scanlon, born at West Wylong, N.S.W. recalls her family background; her father, born in Tasmania, a lighthorseman in WWI, who settled his family on a soldier settlement plot near West Wylong; her mother, who raised 10 children, Betty being the eldest; memories of her childhood, hardships faced on the farm; family's move to Hillston (1926); her early Catholic schooling; tensions between the religious denominations in the community; school rituals and games; family entertainment, singing; father's family life; leaving school at 14 years of age to help her mother with running the large household; her first job at 18 years of age in the general store at Hillston selling manchester for 10 years; how she met Ray; her interests in dancing from an early age, making her debut at 17 years of age and still dancing today; the local dance groups, musicians (Reko's Band) and dance music played. Ray Scanlon, born at Hillston recalls his father, Richard's background, a carpenter born at Lockhart, N.S.W.(1904) who had built many of the buildings in Hillston; his family's move to the nearby town of Merriwagga, N.S.W. during the Depression.

Ray speaks about family life during the Depression; carting wheat, describing the whip elevator method of using horses to lift wheat; bullocks carting wheat to the railhead at Merriwagga; Chinese Burr; father's work as a bootmaker and undertaker; his father's musical talents; his early education at Merriwagga and Griffith, leaving school before his 15th birthday; seasonal work in the Griffith area and helping father build houses (mid 1940s); his painting and carpentary training; marriage to Betty; his work as a baker at Bowral (1953) and then in Hillston (1954); setting up a trucking business with 1 new truck and 1 semi trailer contracted to cart fuel from Melbourne; buying the newsagency at Hillston and running the local school bus (Paradise (ie a farm) to Hillston route) (mid 1960s); family's move to Queanbeyan, N.S.W.( early 1970s), being employed as an engineer at the Queanbeyan Hospital; eventual return to Hillston (late 1970s); writing the history of Merriwagga; stories of his grandmother living in tents at Mount Hope, N.S.W. (a small copper mining town,late 19th century-early 20th century), drays for wood for miners, painting the pub at Mount Hope, Mount Hope ball.

Biography/History

Raymond and Francis Betty Scanlon - retired builder and community volunteer from the Hillston community in New South Wales

Notes

Recorded by John Watson.

Recorded on Aug. 19, 2003 at Hillston, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia ;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) 
Subjects Scanlon, Ray, 1925- -- Interviews.  |  Scanlon, Betty, 1923- -- Interviews.  |  Builders -- New South Wales -- Hillston -- Interviews.  |  Community life -- New South Wales -- Hillston -- 20th century.  |  Community life -- New South Wales -- Merriwagga -- 20th century.  |  Community life -- New South Wales -- Griffith -- 20th century.  |  Games -- New South Wales -- Hillston.  |  Volunteers -- New South Wales -- Hillston -- Interviews.  |  Dance music -- New South Wales -- 20th century.  |  Dance parties -- New South Wales -- Hillston -- 20th century.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Watson, John, 1946-, Interviewer  |  Scanlon, Betty, 1923-, Interviewee
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Ray Scanlon and Francis Betty Scanlon interviewed by Rob Willis in Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection

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