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Elizabeth 'Bessie' Webb interviewed by Alex Hood and Annette Hood in the Alex Hood folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 6003673
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Webb, Elizabeth, 1922-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2012 
2 sound files (ca. 129 min.) 

Alex Hood folklore collection.


Folkloric recording. Elizabeth Webb speaks about her work as a family and local historian; writing and publishing books; her family ancestry; tracing her father's family, 'The Holder's'; her parent's background; the coming of the railway to Glenreagh and Dorrigo; her family; her grandfather, Charles Simpson; another branch of her family, 'The Keevers'; her schooling at Glenreagh Public School in Grafton; her childhood; 'bagmen' and her fear of them; her husband's memories of his childhood as an orphan at Moss Vale; the difference between living in the bush and near the cities; her father becoming a bullock driver after WWI and his extra work with sleeper cutters; the hardships in the 1930's and the change to dairy farming; helping with the bullocks; her interest in poetry; family gatherings; a birth during a flood in 1930; her life after primary school; her father's family playing music for the local dances and balls; the story of the 'Golden Dog' and the building of the 'Cricketers' Arms Hotel'; the coming of the train; the hostility towards Maltese Railway Workers; Wahoo Mountain and a gold nugget; a verse from 'Rum and Water' which refers to 'Wahoo'; Maggie Shipman and George England and a recording he made of her now held in Coffs Harbour Museum; the construction of the sculpture of the 'Golden Dog'; the legend and the original statue; the sale of the family farm and the move to Southgate on the Clarence River to run a dairy farm; share farming on the Clarence River; working for a neighbour; meeting her husband on the train journey; her husband’s working life; starting a family at Unanderra; farming in Kangaroo Valley; moving to Penrith and setting up a dairy farm; her love of tennis; her children; selling the farm and building a family home at Llandilo; running 2 buses at Llandilo; moving back to Glenreagh and renovating an old house; her involvement in local history and the Grafton Museum; childhood memories of dingoes and how her father poisoned and scalped them for money; the local culling of the fruit bats; an old yarn teller, 'George Shipman'; the wild based food she ate as a child; how they cooked and growing vegetables; the local dances of her youth and family card games; working for the local museum; the publication of a book of her poems; her husband becoming an artist; her children’s occupations; her community work and involvement in the local Anglican Church; her pride in the community spirit in Glenreagh.


Recorded on 10 May 2012 in Glenreagh, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) 
Subjects Webb, Elizabeth, 1922- -- Interviews.  |  Farmers' spouses -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Historians -- New South Wales -- Interviews.
Occupation Farmers' spouses.  |  Historians.
Other authors/contributors Hood, Alex, 1935-, Interviewer  |  Hood, Annette, 1948-, Interviewer


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