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Bob Purvis interviewed by Bruce Simpson and Bill Gammage in the Drovers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 3426209
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Purvis, Bob, 1937-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies, written permission is required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 2005 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 63 min.) 
Series

Drovers oral history project.

Summary

Bob Purvis talks about how his father came to take-up Woodgreen Station, N.T.; the location of property; early transport on station; the family business, breeding remounts for Indian Army, race horses and sheep; his father's horse breeding skills; the impact of sheep on the property and changeover to cattle (c. 1940); the size of original block; government requirements regarding minimum livestock numbers leading to over grazing; the expansion of property; his education, including boarding school in Adelaide; notable characters; sheep farmers; engineering feats; his father’s growing debt, the mismanagement of cattle business; selling and culling horses during 1957 drought; balancing domestic and native animal numbers; the categorisation of country into three types; using grass species as indicators of health of country; levels of degradation in central Australia; land management, over grazing, conservation; the timeline of property improvement; the stability of poor country, loss of topsoil on water courses; government policy of encouraging increased numbers of stock; farming practices; cattle work; stock management; labour on property; the change of relationship between Indigenous work force and the Purvis family since introduction of Native Title; burning off policy, scrub management; stock feed; land improvement; fencing on the property; the history of power on the property, solar power, batteries; station life, living conditions; adapting to income from low stock carrying land; Indigenous issues, land ownership; land management; job satisfaction; his published papers on his land management methods; the requirements for Perpetual Leases and Pastoral Leases; stocking rate realities.

Notes

Recorded on April 05, 2005 at Alice Springs, N.T.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 50 leaves) 
Subjects Purvis, Bob, 1937- -- Interviews.  |  Cattle industry -- Northern Territory.  |  Ranches -- Northern Territory -- Management.
Occupation Graziers.
Other authors/contributors Simpson, Bruce (Bruce Forbes), 1923-2019, Interviewer  |  Gammage, Bill, 1942-, Interviewer

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