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Pat Gregory interviewed by Mary Hutchison in the Canberra Bushfires 2003 oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 3546414
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Gregory, Pat, 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 
2 digital audio tapes. 

Canberra Bushfires 2003 oral history project.


Pat Gregory speaks about location of property; Fitz's Hill; moving to Queanbeyan (1952); her marriage; her husband's family and property; continuing to work the land on leasehold basis after resumption (1973); Tennent Dam; her bushfire experience; earlier years of burning off around properties; living alone at time of fire with brother-in-law a kilometre away; her daughter and son in Canberra and Queanbeyan; days leading up to the fire; news of Corin Dam fire out of control; watching the glow coming from the west on Friday night; packing valuable belongings in car; the whole valley ablaze; the following morning fire closing in; contact with local fire brigade at Tharwa; preparations for stock to escape; only equipment farmers' tanks on utes; fireballs, dark sky and the noise of the fire; explosions; fire truck not available; the news that Rawley's place had burned and fire advancing; evacuating to bridge over Naas Creek.

Gregory talks about returning to house; lack of electricity; communication with family in Canberra during the fire; response to news of fire in Canberra; her sister's experience whose house survived in Eucumbene Drive, Duffy; immediate aftermath difficulties of getting meals without electricity; her brother-in-law Rawley; loneliness; change in routine of life; stock losses; fencing; insurance issues; support from Salvation Army; Recovery Centre; water issues after the fire; support from neighbours; awareness of counselling support; her anger about being neglected by local bush fire brigade; the Coronial Inquiry; A.C.T. Government; her lack of interest in anniversary activities; media coverage; the Canberra Times article; the women arriving with food supplies; books about fire experience; the value of reading other people's stories; stages of emotions; Rawley's way of dealing with the situation; changes in landscape; effects on other people; writing about own experience for grandchildren; biggest challenge managing to look after Rawley at a distance; being pleased that there was time to pack car and be prepared.


Recorded on June 8, 2005 at Naas Valley, A.C.T.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) 
Subjects Gregory, Pat -- Interviews.  |  Forest fires -- Australian Capital Territory -- Anecdotes.  |  Natural disasters -- Australian Capital Territory.
Other authors/contributors Hutchison, Mary, Interviewer


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