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Bill Bates interviewed by Mary Hutchison in the Canberra bushfires 2003 oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 3094194
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Bates, Bill, 1932-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use. 
Description 2004 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 101 min.) 
Series

Canberra bushfires 2003 oral history project.

Summary

Bill Bates speaks about his arrival at Uriarra Forestry Settlement in 1947 aged 14; his family, his marriage in 1954 and three children; the migrant camps in the forests; his 60 years of living continuously at Uriarra; the work and social life; the changes in forestry work; the work of overseer and role in community; the impact of houses being transferred from Forestry to Housing; the impact of the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T) self-government; fire fighting work; his involvement as Fire Controller; various fires; key people; the part of Emergency Services fire fighters; the loss as result of fire; his resolve to stay at Uriarra after retirement; heritage surveys; prospects for Uriarra.

Bates discusses the days preceding the fire; his feelings about Emergency Services' response; his thoughts the fire would be stopped before it reached the settlement; the lack of fire fighters on 18th January; his expectation Emergency Services would provide analysis and information; he describes the day of 18th; his inability to get back to Uriarra that day, when returning from Bungendore; the lack of news and information about Uriarra; his return to Uriarra on 19th ; the few houses standing; not being able to salvage anything of value; the loss of photos and everything collected over the years; the situation at the settlement on the Sunday morning; his contribution to all of the post-fire inquiries to date; following the A.C.T. Coronial Inquiry with keen interest.

Notes

The project is being conducted in association with Canberra Museum and Art Gallery.

Recorded on Apr. 16, 2004 at Banks, A.C.T.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (10 p.) 
Subjects Bates, Bill, 1932- -- Interviews.  |  Forest fires -- Australian Capital Territory -- Anecdotes.  |  Natural disasters -- Australian Capital Territory.
Other authors/contributors Hutchison, Mary, Interviewer  |  Canberra Museum and Art Gallery

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