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ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS OF LIFE IN THE TOWAMBA,
BURRAGATE AND PERICOE AREAS
FROM THE EARLY 1900'S TO THE EARLY 1970'S.


CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
MAP OF AREA
INTERVIEWS

LEO FARRELL

VERNER & CLIVE CLEMENTS &

LORNA DWYER (nee LOVE)

EILEEN LOVE (nee LOVE)

ILENE UMBACK (nee LAING)

MARIA McMAHON (nee RYAN)

MOYNA PRICE (nee SOUTH)
PAT MILES
ROLLO SOUTH
SHIRLEY SPROATES (nee FARRELL) &
GLORIA GRANT (nee BEASLEY)

HEATHER & PETER MATTHEWS
ANNE ROLPH
SALLY MIRAMS
HAROLD FARRELL
ALF BEASLEY

BILL McDONALD
IRENE LOVE (nee Sidebottom)
PHYLLIS SOUTH
MAX SAWERS


SURNAMES

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'.