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Charlie O'Donnell interviewed by Rob Willis for the Voices of the bush oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 569144
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
O'Donnell, Charles, 1948-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies; written permission required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 2000 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 60 min.) 
Series

Voices of the bush oral history project

Summary

Charlie O'Donnell is a young sleeper cutter who worked in the industry in the Gilgandra-Coonamble-Pilliga area of New South Wales. With the advent of concrete and steel railway sleepers this industry no longer exists as it was in past days. O'Donnell recalls the family history in the timber industry; habits and personalities of the sleeper cutters; leaving school and working as a sleeper cutter at the age of 17; wages, a typical work day in the forest in the mid 1960's; quota system for cutting sleepers; wet years; demise of the sleeper cutting industry about 1997; forest compartments; Forrestry Commission and National Parks; steel sleepers; family's involvement in rifle shooting as a sport; Army involvement with the Rifle Club; use of 2 stroke engines in the timber industry.

Notes

Recorded with John Harpley.

Recorded on Aug. 2, 2000 at Coonabarrabran, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Subjects O'Donnell, Charles, 1948- -- Interviews.  |  Loggers -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Loggers -- New South Wales -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.  |  Loggers -- New South Wales -- Social conditions -- 20th century.  |  Forests and forestry -- New South Wales.
Occupation Sleeper cutters.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Harpley, John, 1948-, Interviewer

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