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Lance Parker interviewed by Rob Willis in Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2641348
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Parker, Lance, 1927-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2003 Aug. 19 
4 digital audio tapes (ca. 157 min.) 
Series

Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection.

Summary

Folkloric recording. Talks about his life and poetry and sings folk songs

Lance Parker, born in Hillston recalls his family background, his father, born 1887 at Oxley, N.S.W, a returned WWI soldier from Gallipoli and France who had acquired a soldier settler block (1925) in Hillston area; his mother's family background, she being a daughter of a blacksmith from Booligal, N.S.W.; early memories of the Hillston area; Lachlan River being dry (1930) and the 1931 flood; Hillston Central School, school ditties to facilitate learning, patriotic pledges: recitation of poetry as a child, picture rag books; family singing and bush poetry; his education at Yanco Agricultural High School; his teaching scholarship to Armidale Teachers College, N.S.W. (1945); his early teaching career in outback New South Wales (Rotto, Gilgandra) in 1 teacher schools (late 1940s-early 1950s); marriage and raising a family; his career change to being a property manager with the closure of the 1 teacher schools.

Parker speaks about managing a property called Talatha, of which he was a part owner for 18 years (mid 1950s-mid 1970s); selling Talatha and purchasing Cascade, the first warm water fish hatchery in Australia on the Lachlan River at Hillston; breeding Golden Perch in hatchery, experiments in egg hatching; the discovery of spawning prerequistes, a discovery which took 11 years to make; the hatchery becoming commercialized, how the nature of fish retailing changed, Golden Perch only sold now; methods of eradicating Carp (fish); his woodwork projects; tutoring country children doing correspondence courses (Plymouth Brethren Children); 2 books on poetry published and sold throughout the Riverina region (N.S.W); the development of his interest in poetry writing, his poetry books stemming from the interest shown at performances; tunes being put to some stories; local history, changes in the environment in the Riverina area from early settlement times.

Partial contents
  • TAPE 1 Singing: Father's feet
  • Brian O'Lynn
  • Cat fish
  • Waltzing Matilda (different version learnt from father) TAPE 2 Singing: Father's feet
  • Brian O'Lynn
  • Cat fish
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • Banks of the Condamine
  • The sick note (first heard in an Irish pub) TAPE 3 Singing: Pie with no sauce
  • Storytelling: Why is a cod called a cod? (yarn)
 
Biography/History

Lance Parker - retired grazier.

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 (5 p.) 
Subjects Parker, Lance, 1927- -- Interviews  |  Poets -- New South Wales -- Hillston -- Interviews  |  Farmers -- New South Wales -- Hillston -- Interviews.  |  Storytellers -- New South Wales -- Hillston -- Interviews.  |  Australian poetry -- 20th century.  |  Hatchery fishes -- New South Wales -- Hillston -- Breeding.  |  Folk songs -- New South Wales -- Hillston.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Watson, John, 1946-, Interviewer

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