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Barney Flood interviewed by Rob Willis in Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3066690
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Flood, Barney, 1923-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2001 Jun. 16 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 79 min.) 
Series

Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection.

Summary

Folkloric recording. Barney Flood talks about his life, sings and plays folk songs

Barney Flood, recalls his early childhood in Peak Hill, N.S.W. and Goorianawa, N.S.W; his work as a sleeper cutter in the New South Wales forests. He speaks about the sleeper cutting industry; living and working conditions in the bush camps;cutters coming back to camp after a spree; cutting tallies, competition among the cutters; cutting techniques and tools of trade; entertainment in the camps; his father's singing and song compositions; country dances; cost of cutting equipment; women in the bush camps; rabbiting, another of his occupations; carrying two sleepers.

Partial contents
  • TAPE 1 Singing: In the shade of the old ironbark tree
  • Gone are the days
  • cutting ditty (unidentified)
  • unidentified song
  • unidentified song about butchers and sausages
  • TAPE 2: Music (gum leaf playing): Danny boy
  • Road to Gundagai
  • Sierra Sue (different tempo)
  • Singing: unidentified ditty (father's)
  • unidentified ditty (father's)
 
Biography/History

Barney Flood - retired sleeper cutter

Notes

Recorded with John Harpley.

Recorded on June 16, 2001 at Coonabarabran, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Related Material Related video recording with Barney Flood: located at; National Library of Australia Oral History & Indigenous Programs collection at ORAL TRC 6936/44. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (2 p.) 
Subjects Flood, Barney, 1923- -- Interviews.  |  Loggers -- New South Wales -- Coonabarabran -- Interviews.  |  Loggers -- New South Wales -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.  |  Loggers -- New South Wales -- Social conditions -- 20th century.  |  Folk musicians -- New South Wales -- Coonabarabran -- Interviews.  |  Lumber camps -- New South Wales -- 1945-  |  Folk songs -- New South Wales -- 20th century.  |  Folk music -- New South Wales -- 20th century.  |  Leaf music -- Methods -- Self-instruction.
Occupation Sleeper cutters  |  Folk musicians
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Harpley, John, 1948-, Interviewer

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