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David McGinnis interviewed by Gregg Borschmann in the Environmental awareness in Australia oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 3112852
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
McGinnis, David, 1948-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access to be determined. 
Description 2004 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 130 min.) 

Environmental awareness in Australia oral history project.


David McGinnis, a Pastoralist, speaks about his early years travelling through Queensland and the Northern Territory with his father and siblings after the death of his mother; his teenage years on the road; his education; the Gulf property 'Yeldham', bought in 1962 as a family partnership and sold in 1969; the current property Bowthorn, bought in 1966; the early years at Bowthorn; the problems with stock and water; spending nine months of the year in the saddle mustering and handling stock; top breeding stock to reduce debt; the introduction of helicopters for mustering; the energy requirements of Bowthorn; investing in two hybrid solar/wind/diesel power plants at the homestead and kingfisher camp; the property increasing in size from 500 square miles to 900 square miles; grazing approximately half of it; Brahman cattle; saving the stock work for the school holidays.

McGinnis discusses setting up the Kingfisher camp for tourism 10 years ago; the camp being located in the centre of the property, and staff living there all year round; 3000 vehicles per year; the problems with the cattle market; the abattoir closing and the implications; the new strategy with grazing; upgrading the genetics of the herd; the property's future; that northern properties are becoming valuable as breeding properties; requiring a licence for all bores and pumps out of the waterhole; the water moratorium last year.


Recorded on May 07, 2004 at Bowthorn Station via Mt.Isa, Qld.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (2 p.) 
Subjects McGinnis, David, 1948- -- Interviews.  |  Bowthorn Station (Qld.) -- History.  |  Environmental responsibility -- Queensland.  |  Ranchers -- Queensland -- Interviews.  |  Landowners -- Queensland -- Interviews.  |  Graziers
Occupation Landowners
Other authors/contributors Borschmann, Gregg (Gregg John), 1955-, Interviewer


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