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Jim Woods interviewed by Bill Stephens [sound recording]
Bib ID 3988728
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Woods, Jim, 1913- interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 2007 May 22 
5 sound files (ca. 247 min.) 

Jim (Lial James) Woods O.A.M., born Temora, N.S.W. in 1913, talks about his parents and siblings; his earliest childhood memories; early school days; getting his first job as a probationer compositor at age 14 and his duties; studying by correspondence at the Sydney Technical College; his responsibilities as the oldest child; finishing his apprenticeship (1934); life during the depression; community and social life during that era; learning to play the mandolin and involvement with bands including the Temora Town Band and Melrose Dance Band; other bands in the area; changes to band activities and personnel, brought about by WW2; George Stewart; Jim O'Brien; Don Crosby; Corp. Earl Shearsmith; taking Saxophone lessons which lead to a career in newspapers; producing the Temora Independent newspaper during the war; Ernie Speck; his marriage; the arrival of the children; his sporting activities, including tennis, cricket, football, hockey and golf; Reg Miles (the Bradman of the bush); Eric Weissel; becoming a linotype operator; his promotion to journalist, sports, weddings and funerals; his duties as the P.K.I. Union organiser; the purchase of his own newspaper in Crookwell and his functions as Editor.

Woods discusses establishing his newspaper in Crookwell and building up the business; becoming involved in The Queanbeyan Age; the decision to move the family to Queanbeyan; rebuilding the newspaper; negotiations to purchase The Braidwood Despatch/Review and some of the problems; decision to sell the Braidwood paper; the circumstances which resulted in the sale of the Queanbeyan Age to the Fairfax; organisation and the repercussions; the General Manager of John Fairfax and the decision to print off-set; an offer from Rural Press to buy out The Queanbeyan Age; the repercussions of the sale of The Queanbeyan Age to Rural Press; how he became involved with The Narrandera Argus; his involvement in the establishment of the Queanbeyan Historical Society and the Queanbeyan Museum; his involvement with the Queanbeyan Printing Museum; becoming involved with Rotary; forming The Crookwell Rotary Club; his Rotary career; a day in the life of Jim Woods (aged 94); his current interests; Barrie Gillman; his description of a good newspaper; his ambitions for the future.


Recorded on May 22, 2007 at Canberra, A.C.T.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Related Material Collection of portraits of Jim Woods taken during an oral history interview by Bill Stephens at the National Library of Australia, 22 May 2007; located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC Online access #NL39742 
Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and corrected transcript (typescript, 91 leaves) available. 
Subjects Woods, Jim, 1913- -- Interviews.  |  Queanbeyan Printing Museum (N.S.W.)  |  Newspaper editors -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Newspaper publishing -- New South Wales -- History.  |  Newspapers -- New South Wales -- History.
Occupation Newspaper editors.
Other authors/contributors Stephens, Bill, 1936- interviewer


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