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Noel Butler interviewed by Chris Woodland [sound recording]
Bib ID 5160766
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Butler, Noel, 1949-, Interviewee
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
2 sound files (ca. 148 min.) 
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Mode of access: Online. 


Folkloric recording. Noel Butler speaks about his work in Queensland; his first birthday celebration at 60; his birthplace and home town; his Aboriginal and Scottish ancestry; his grandparent's history; his great grandparent's history; the Aboriginal camp near the top of the Clyde Mountain; his father's history; the shooting and poisoning of Aboriginal people; the massacres of Aboriginal people at Murramarang; his childhood; the bullying and fighting at school; his siblings; Aboriginal children being placed in foster homes; the Aboriginal reserve at Ulladulla; his schooling; the council forcibly removing his family; his father's multiple sclerosis; bush food; his family being the first registered professional fishermen in the district; his family's strong relationships with Italian immigrants; an inspirational teacher; discrimination at school; his father's death and the family's financial problems; his mother's methods to prevent children being taken away by the authorities; his brother being taken away to work on a farm at Jasper's Brush; his membership of the surf club; reconciliation; unemployment programs; his many jobs; teaching horticulture; his difficulty in attaining accreditation; teaching in Aboriginal communities; Aboriginal people involved in public good; attitude changes; activities in local Ulladulla area; work programs through local councils; working on the North Head walking track; trying to tell the history of Ulladulla from an Aboriginal perspective; repairing the track after it was destroyed by a burn off; teaching Aboriginal culture and art to Aboriginal students in the schools; community involvement in the walking track.

Noel Butler speaks about being denied entrance to the Anglican Church in Ulladulla; attending the Seventh Day Adventist Church every Saturday morning as a child; being awarded the Citizen of the Year award in 2002; giving a talk at a multidenominational gathering of women for the Fiftieth anniversary of Women in Church; being a member of the Boy's Brigade and the Bush Missionaries Society; attending the Methodist Fellowship at Milton; the Catholic Church's assistance to his family after his father's death; working for the Department of Ageing and Disabilities; training programs for Aboriginal people; his recent experiences of racism in Australia; his healing smoking ceremony at Auschwitz; Working in Northern Ireland with troubled youth; being interviewed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); speaking to troubled kids in Southern England; his performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; putting the film "Our Generation" on in Ulladulla; being asked to teach at the TAFE (Technical and Further Education Commission) in Nowra; the BBC's request to produce a documentary with him; the invitation to do an artist in residence program with ceramic artist Sandy Brown.


Recorded on 4 March and 10 June 2011 in Termeil, N.S.W.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (11 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 69 leaves) 
Subjects Butler, Noel, 1949- -- Interviews.  |  Educators -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Interviews.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social conditions.  |  Ulladulla (N.S.W.) -- History.
Occupation Educators.
Other authors/contributors Woodland, Chris, 1938-, Interviewer

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