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Don Woodland interviewed by Warren Fahey in the Warren Fahey collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3989631
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Woodland, Don, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access to be determined. 
Description 2004 
3 digital audio tapes (ca. 195 min.) 

Warren Fahey collection.


Don Woodland born in China, talks about his childhood; his family being missionaries; leaving Central China (1937); arriving in Brisbane; fifth generation Salvationist; Salvation Army International and local history; SA (Salvation Army) ranking system and becoming Lieutenant Colonel; family in SA; attending SA College; trained as a surgical footwear maker; his marriage (1959); Byron Bay (1960's), living conditions; playing the concertina; radiograms; appointed to Vietnam as SA Chaplain, sailed on the 'Sydney' (1969), away for 13 months; returning to Brisbane for new appointment at Sandgate; conflict over leave allowances; his duties in Vietnam as representative of Red Shield; dealing with Vietnamese casualties; damage to Vietnam veterans, different from other wars; his role as the first Police Trauma chaplain and Fire Brigade Chaplain; counselling families experiencing difficult situations; organ donors, transplants; his involvement in Port Arthur massacre; his approach in dealing with trauma; power of the Salvation Army.

Don Woodland speaks about his position as police Trauma Counsellor; SA uniforms; his involvement in counselling: Kempsey Bus Crash, Bali, Newcastle Earthquake, Brooklyn Train Crash, Strathfield massacre, Childers Back Packers, Kings Cross and Thredbo; his career as trauma consultant; his time as National Secretary of the SA, appearing on 'This is your life' program; his Order of Australia; his own musical history; religion, spirituality and the churches; being the Salvation Army trauma coordinator for 42 years; childhood in a Salvation Army house; his religious approach to his work as a Salvationist; role of music in SA homes; William Booth; his son attending Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is Music Master of Canberra Grammar; his visit to Papua New Guinea when hit by Tsumani; Salvation Army musical instrumentation; popularity of Concertina; his wife played accordion; playing concertina at gravesides; concertina history in bush and city.

Partial contents
  • TAPE 3 Playing concertina: tuning concertina
  • 'Wheatstone'
  • explains how his dad tuned the reeds
  • explains brass band tuning
  • unidentified tune
  • 'You are my sunshine'
  • 'Hang down your head Tom Dooley
  • 'Bells of St Mary's'
  • wife sings, Don plays English system concertina
  • 'The Bells of St Mary's'

Lieutenant Colonel Don Woodland is known as a Salvationist and the first person to devise a trauma counselling service for the armed forces, police force and ambulance workers. Also, he learnt the English concertina from his father and in 2004 retired from fulltime pastoral work.


Recorded on 8 September 2004 in Earlwood, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary (6 p.) 
Subjects Woodland, Don -- Interviews.  |  Salvation Army -- Australia.  |  Salvationists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Concertina players -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Folk music -- Australia.  |  Folk songs, English -- Australia.
Occupation Salvationists.
Other authors/contributors Fahey, Warren, Interviewer


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