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Milton Whiting interviewed by Rob Linn in the Drought oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4497848
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Whiting, M. S. (Milton Stanley), 1922-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2008 
1 sound file (ca. 60 min.) 
Series

Drought oral history project.

Summary

Milton Whiting discusses his family background; the settlement of his father on an irrigation block after WW1; his earliest memories of the block and school; memories of block irrigation; the late 1930s and the intensity of dust storms at Merbein, caused by methods of cultivation; ideas on how to conserve Murray River water by building of temporary weir; his father's death in 1958 and taking over work on the block 1945-1947; his war service in WWII in RAAF including being interned in a POW camp; his post war life on the block at Merbein; moving to Robinvale (1947); work on the Robinvale block and memories of early years there; the nature of community and closeness of first 39 settlers; entering into Victorian parliament as MLA local member in September 1962; elections and influence of Commonwealth legislation on local affairs, local politics and experiences of father; the difficulties of parliamentary life; rural constituents and the problems they faced with the environment.

Whiting talks about farming life and situations in the 1960s and 1970s; his view on how a local member can assist in times of drought; an overseas study trip on desalination plants and informing parliament of the need to address dry land salinity; a visit to USA (1986) to study how communities cope with drought and the applicability to Mallee district life; commencing his involvement with the new social welfare organisation Mallee Family Care based at Mildura; the Government and its reaction to drought; informing parliament of rural needs; water issues and conservation, the over commitment of Murray River water to irrigation; the community reaction to water problems.

Notes

Recorded on August 15, 2008 at Mildura, Vic.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (2 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 28 leaves) 
Subjects Whiting, M. S. (Milton Stanley), 1922- -- Interviews.  |  Victoria. Parliament -- Officials and employees.  |  Politicians -- Victoria -- Interviews.  |  Droughts -- Victoria -- History.  |  Farmers -- Victoria -- Mallee -- Interviews.  |  Salinity -- Victoria -- Mallee.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, Australian -- Personal narratives.
Occupation Politicians.  |  Farmers.
Other authors/contributors Linn, Rob, Interviewer

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