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Harold Hunt, lecturer and author, discusses his book 'Gorn shearin' [sound recording] / interviewer, Rob Willis ; recorded by John Harpley
Bib ID 3113727
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Hunt, Harold John, 1925-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use. 
Description 2004 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 130 min.) 

Rob Willis folklore collection.


Folkloric recording.

Harold Hunt born 1925 at Bourke, N.S.W. discusses his book 'Gorn Shearin'; his family background; his parents; his Aboriginal heritage; the depression years in the outback; the family travelling around western N.S.W. looking for work; his parents getting a lease for 'Coallie Bore' and settling there; his parents separation; his mother taking the children to Wanaaring, N.S.W.; his childhood and school days; beginning to find out about racism; family life at Wanaaring; bush remedies; children's games; his mother's laundering techniques and equipment; his mother playing musical games on the accordion; a family band playing for dances in the area; the entertainment of the time; musical performers, being mostly country and western; his views on trust and respect in those days; his family getting their first wireless; the fights in the boxing tent shows.

Hunt speaks about the 'University of Life'; his ideas on the value of education; the Aboriginal view on education; racism in Australia; his views on Aboriginality; his views on multiculturalism; living with Aboriginals in Central Australia; his work as a drug counselor in Central Australia; the shearing industry; his shearing days; the shearer's cooks and their nicknames; alcohol in the shearing workplace; shearing in the Bigga area; shearing superfine sheep and the 'Golden Bale'; 'Big Jack McLeod', a noted shearer; changes in the shearing industry; the introduction of the wide comb by New Zealand shearers; how he stopped drinking and dealt with the problem; helping other with drinking problems; his philosophy on life; his current position as a university lecturer.

Partial contents
  • Stories and yarns about: his sister Doreen breaking her leg
  • using petrol cans to build a house
  • 'breaking the four minute mile'
  • his mother being sued by the Post Master
  • droving
  • a cocky's daughter in a shearing shed
  • Jimmy Gibbs
  • a shearer's cook and a drunk shearer
  • ghosts
  • a snake

Recorded on June 02, 2004 at Bigga, N.S.W.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) 
Subjects Hunt, Harold John, 1925- -- Interviews.  |  Authors, Australian -- New South Wales -- Bigga -- Interviews.
Occupation Authors
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Harpley, John, 1948-, Interviewer


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