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Vern Davis interviewed by Chris Woodland for the Chris Woodland folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2869639
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Davis, Vern, 1928-, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1993 Sept. 13 
1 sound tape reel (ca. 33 min.) ; 7 in. 
Series

Chris Woodland folklore collection.

Summary

Davis describes his childhood and family background; early families along the upper Deua River; the Rankin's droving turkeys to Moruya; Black Alec, an Aborigine who lived at Cooranbene; connection of electricity in 1963; receiving their first radio broadcast in 1940; isolation after heavy rain; Vern's brother Everett being the first person to drive across Moodong Creek; receiving yearly stores from McIlraith's in Sydney; appearance of kangaroos along the Deua from 1943; dingoes and working as a dogger in 1960s; shooting a white dingo; death of Dick Naggs; Dick Dempsey; learning from the radio; working for John Bradly, Murray Hyland and Keith Harrison; his record collection of country music; only leaving the property to pick up mail; floods; 1953 bushfire; open fire cooking at Woolla; lining kitchen before Christmas with newspaper; installation of solar telephone in 1987.

Biography/History

Davis has spent almost all his life living in a slab hut on his family property, Woolla, on the isolated Deua River near Araluen, N.S.W.

Notes

Recorded at Canowie via Araluen, N.S.W. on 13 September 1993.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-220768928

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (2 p.) and transcript available (typescript, 17 leaves) 
Subjects Davis, Vern, 1928- -- Interviews.  |  Stockmen -- New South Wales -- Araluen Region -- Interviews.  |  Trappers -- New South Wales -- Araluen Region -- Interviews.  |  Dingo -- Control -- New South Wales.
Other authors/contributors Woodland, Chris, 1938-, Interviewer

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