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James Richmond interviewed by John Farquharson [sound recording]
Bib ID 780411
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Richmond, James, 1921-2002, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2001 
2 digital audio tapes (88 min.) 
Summary

Recorded on Feb. 20, 2001 at Dubbo, N.S.W.

Richmond, a retired grazier and prize sheep breeder, speaks of his Scottish family background, how his grandfather arrived in 1852 to assist his family who had lost their station hands deserting them for the goldfields, how his grandfather had become a landowner himself eventually establishing himself at Haddon Rig near Warren, NSW and began breeding Peppin sheep to produce a Merino with good quality wool suitable for Australian conditions, by 1880 he had produced the Haddon Rig Merino stud which by 1890 was bringing the highest price for Australian sheep breeding stock, his grandfather's two marriages, his own father George, his father's career in the British Army as an officer of the Black Watch covering both the Boer War and WWI, how he spent his inter-war years as a jackeroo in NSW, how the properties he owned were sold following severe wounds he received in WWI so that Haddon Rig was bought by the Falkiner family which still own it.

Richmond explains how his father's recovery from his war wounds allowed him to run another of his properties Mogila until 1935 when he retired to Scotland taking his son James with him, his schooling at Harrow, joining the Army in WWII but served in the Black Watch in India and Burma, his army service, returning to Australia to jackeroo before taking up the management of Mogila in 1951, his marriage in 1966, the impact his mother had had on the local Goodooga community such as having a CWA Branch hall built, tennis courts and the local hospital, how he ran Mogila and established the Mogila Merino stud eventually selling the property to an Aboriginal community in 1997, the prospects for the Australian wool industry, local attitudes towards Aborigines, sheep selection and breeding techniques, how the old Mogila homestead was burnt down and the loss of family mementos, how the motorbike revolutionised land management at Mogila, his 11 years on the Brewarrina Shire Council.

Notes

Preservation and user cassette copies made.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-217452470

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary (2 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 63 leaves) 
Subjects Richmond, James, 1921-2002 -- Interviews.  |  Ranchers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Ranchers -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Sheep breeding -- Australia.  |  Merino sheep -- Australia -- History.
Occupation Graziers.
Other authors/contributors Farquharson, John M., 1929-2016, Interviewer

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