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Fred Henskens interviewed by Matthew Higgins in the Australian generations oral history project
Bib ID 6252071
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [spoken word]
Author
Henskens, Fred, 1929-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2012 
4 sound files (approximately 245 min.) 
Series

Australian generations oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

Fred Henskens is part of the Builders generation (born between 1925-46). Fred Henskens, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies, now North Jakarta, Indonesia, part of the Builders generation, speaks about his Dutch heritage; his extended Dutch family history in Dutch East Indies and Netherlands; his father's career as a merchant ship captain; his childhood and schooling in Dutch East Indies; Japanese occupation during WWII; his father at Changi; his family flown to Sydney for his father's medical treatment; family returning to Netherlands except Fred and his sister; the beginning of his career in Australia; his naturalisation; his relationships; his marriage to Helen; his career in the building industry in Canberra; gaining qualifications at TAFE; acquiring ACT Drainers; his jobs and contracts around Canberra; JCB Backhoe; National Carillon; workplace safety; death of his wife; remarriage and divorce; meeting his present partner Evelyn Foster; litigation and investments; his extended family; family pride; his brother Willem; visiting Netherlands; his outlook on life; aging; healthcare; their visit to USA; work ethic; his memories of Dutch East Indies; Kokoda Track.

Notes

Catalogue record generated as part of a batch load.

Recorded on 18 and 19 June 2012 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and 117 page uncorrected transcript. 
Subjects Henskens, Fred, 1929- -- Interviews.  |  Plumbers -- Australian Capital Territory -- Interviews.  |  Dutch -- Australian Capital Territory -- Interviews.  |  Intergenerational relations -- Australia.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Indonesia -- Personal narratives, Dutch.  |  Indonesia -- History -- 20th century.  |  Netherlands -- Colonies -- Asia.
Occupation Plumbers.
Other authors/contributors Higgins, Matthew, 1957-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 6300/80
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ORAL TRC 6300/80 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 6300/80 (summary)
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