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Francis McKenner interviewed by Rob Willis in the Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3602452
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
McKenner, Francis, 1912-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2005 
1 sound file (ca. 66 min.) 

Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection.

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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 


Folkloric recording. Francis McKenner, born 1912 in Echuca, Vic. talks about her family background; her siblings; the family house; her father's jobs; wash day and the use of the 'blue bag'; ironing of clothes; the bathing routine; games played, 2 rope skipping; home remedies, using native plants; her memories of Echuca East; the houses in the area; 'Shinbone Alley' area of the bush where she lived; the buildings in 'Shinbone Alley'; access to water; flooding in the area, father using his boats; 'Chinaman's Bend', getting vegetables from a Chinese gardener; fishing, the types of fish caught; surviving the Depression; movement of huts as people moved around; recalls some of the names of the people who lived there; the Aboriginals in the area; her schooling; the divisions in East Echuca, Moama and Echuca.

McKenner discusses football teams; rivalry between the divisions; more on schooling and discipline; the class system within the town; leaving school; jobs; occupations, mailman, milkman, baker, grocer delivering goods; 'underdogs' in East Echuca; types of dances; band instruments; Sunday night concerts in the reserve; concert bands; entertainment in the area, balls, sit down suppers; description of the formation of the sets in the old time dances; churches, religious influence in the employment of workers by certain businesses; the river boats, identifying the boats by their whistles; floods; cranes loading the wool; cargo carried; post service; decline in the river trade; bullock teams; tourism.


Recorded with Olya Willis.

Recorded on September 28, 2005 at Echuca, Vic.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (2 p.) 
Subjects McKenner, Francis, 1912- -- Interviews.  |  Rural women -- Victoria -- Echuca -- Interviews.  |  Echuca (Vic.) -- History.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Willis, Olya, Interviewer


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