ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS OF LIFE IN THE TOWAMBA,
BURRAGATE AND PERICOE AREAS
FROM THE EARLY 1900'S TO THE EARLY 1970'S.
MAP OF AREA
VERNER & CLIVE CLEMENTS &
LORNA DWYER (nee LOVE)
EILEEN LOVE (nee LOVE)
ILENE UMBACK (nee LAING)
MARIA McMAHON (nee RYAN)
MOYNA PRICE (nee SOUTH)
SHIRLEY SPROATES (nee FARRELL) &
GLORIA GRANT (nee BEASLEY)
HEATHER & PETER MATTHEWS
IRENE LOVE (nee Sidebottom)
PROPERTY & SETTLEMENTS
In this forgotten corner of New South Wales modernisation filtered in slowly, changing a way of life that was still evident in the 1960's and 70's.
It was a way of life lived close to Nature; innovations, recycling, home remedies and coping with isolation. These valley people relied on each other and their community was their strength.
Memories are clear of the tragedies of drought, fire and flood; about the good times, their early school days, dances, courting, entertainment and the characters around them.
These interviews open a window through which the past is revealed by those who lived it.
Perhaps you may discover a missing ancestor in stories remembered by their parents and grandparents.
Theirs was a hard life but as one 'oldie' said, 'It didn't seem hard because everyone else was doing the same thing. That's just the way it was.'
|Jack Beasley. 1984.
Photo. Wayne Ludbey
Jack Beasley inherited his father's horse
team at the age of twelve, when his father
became ill. He drove that team from Towamba,
over the mountain, to Eden on the coast,
carting produce to earn a living. He never
drove a car in his life, didn't like to sit
in one. All he knew was hard work. A true
character of his time. Read about him in
'THE FORGOTTEN CORNER INTERVIEWS'.