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Nicola Cousen interviewed by Catherine McLennan in the Australian generations oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5972534
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Cousen, Nicola, 1972-, Interviewee
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
4 sound files (ca. 198 min.) 

Australian generations oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 


Nicola Cousen, born Sea Lake, Vic. talks about her family background; her early memories, childhood on the farm; siblings; rural life; early schooling; family holidays; mother and father's involvement in community life; the move from the farm in Sea Lake to Geelong at the age of eight; the differences between country and city life; favourite television shows, music and movies, drive-in theatre; family life in Geelong; the differences between urban private school and country state school; school rules and discipline; religion; her teenage years; Nintendo hand-held games; favourite subjects at school; bullying; health issues; tertiary studies; the Internet providing a vehicle to outside world during illness, online social groups; limited employment opportunities; tutoring refugee children; medical care; family support; how communication technologies have changed during lifetime, memories of the introduction of mobile phones and the Internet; fashions from the 1970s and 1980s; birthday and Christmas celebrations in Sea Lake; relationships; the future of family farms, concerns about decline of generational family farming, the next generation of farmers learning different skills; changes in Sea Lake since 1970s, introduction of new lifestyles with television and the Internet; changes in Geelong, future plans to travel, study and work; tracing family history; her interest in landscape, wildlife and plants; the importance of radio and television, as a portal to the outside world; multiculturalism.

Cousen discusses significant world events and trends; seeing bands play in Melbourne; her own social life in comparison to her parent's social life as young adults; how technology brings more choices; positive and negative aspects of technology, social media; problems that younger people face in the present due to mobile phones and the Internet, changes in education, loss of skills; today’s disposable lifestyle, changes regarding money and material goods, globalisation; language and phrases distinctive to her generation, the influence of American television; specific recreation activities based on different age groups; intergenerational relationships; the impact of illness on her life experiences.


Catalogue record generated as part of a batch load.

Recorded on 20-21 August 2011 in Manifold Heights, Vic.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) 
Subjects Cousen, Nicola, 1972- -- Interviews.  |  Generation X -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Generation X -- Australia -- Attitudes.  |  Intergenerational relations.  |  Sea Lake (Vic.) -- Social Conditions.
Other authors/contributors Forge, Catherine, Interviewer

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