Lost Newcastle Oral History Project

The Lost Newcastle Oral History Project is a community resource to gather social and cultural histories of the Hunter Region through digital oral history- audio/audio-visual recordings. The following is a Oral History Guide and is also downloadable as a PDF HERE.


Professor John Burrows, Department of English and Robin Williams, the University of Newcastle, Australia

The Project was inspired by a similar programme undertaken by University of Newcastle that was part of the Open Foundation Course (1986-1989) – known as the Margaret Henry Oral History Archive held at Cultural Collections, University of Newcastle Library. This current project aims to revive stories of Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and its surrounds by recording voices that describe the Region’s cultural, intellectual and social life.

This post includes basic instructions on practice and methods of oral history, how to do an oral history interview, use of new technologies in recording historical information, as well as links to other resources. Also includes ethical practices of oral history (Guidelines, Copyright, Conditions of use). We also recommend Oral History NSW for advice and support.

The following covers some basic steps in conducting an oral history interview.


You can choose someone who has an interesting story to tell about the Hunter Region. It could be a friend, relative and someone you know. The may talk about where they used to work, a family business, or a place they grew up, people they knew. Here are some other themes:-

About place, Indigenous Stories, Local Identities, Health & Medicine, Religion, Maritime & Shipping, Industry & Manufacturing, Communications, Coal Mining & the Hunter Coalfields, Transport, Unions & Politics, Military and Defence, Law & Order, Women’s History, Family Business, Retail & business, Migrant Histories, Environment & Heritage, Social history eg. 1960s, the anti-war campaigns.

Also have a listen to some of the interviews from the 1980s- for ideas and inspiration – Margaret Henry oral History Archive.


When you have chosen someone to interview (and they have given consent), you can be guided by your initial contact during informal conversation about a topic that could be covered in an interview, it is also a good idea to ask them to complete a written Interviewee Information Sheet before the formal interview. When you are clear about a topic, it is a good idea to do some general background research. For example, if the person worked in a particular profession or industry you may want to explore this. It is important to have some general understanding of the topic of the interview so that you can formulate suitable questions. Many sources are available on-line, or you may consider contacting  Family history and other Historical Groups for support with research. Cultural Collections at the UON has sources, including Flickr and WordPress.  Local studies at the Newcastle Library also have historical material associated with the Hunter Region, as well as local libraries, museums and historical societies. Also look at Trove.


The following is a starting point in formulating questions, the more you know about a person before the interview, the more you can adapt questions to gain useful and valuable answers. Here are some Sample Outline of Questions you can use in an oral history interview. Revise these accordingly in line with a person’s specific interests and life experiences.


How do I ask the questions?

In general, have a basic idea of the themes that will be covered- for example – Work history, growing up in a particularly suburb.

  • Have your first question well planned
  • Open rather than closed questions
  • Remember silence is good
  • Positive body language and being pleasant
  • Give interviewee time to respond to question, don’t interrupt!
  • Don’t be too worried if the interview goes off track
  • Ask the Interviewee for specific examples
  • Ask follow-up questions and then ask some more



It is essential to liaise with the interviewee in an honest and respectful manner. Explain to them why you would like to conduct an interview, and allow them to discuss with you what they are happy to talk about, and what they prefer not to discuss. The interviewee always has a right to review, correct and/or withdraw anything in the interview- or decide to grant permission at all. They must be given this opportunity after the interview has been conducted. It is important to discuss Ethical Practices Guidelines, the process and granting permission with the interviewee, here is a Sample Condition of Use Form .

  • It is the responsibility of the interviewer to protect the rights of interviewee
  • Important to ensure objectivity, honesty and integrity

See further information about permissions.Participants must follow the Oral History Australia Guidelines of Ethical Practice 2007.


Oral/audio-visual histories can be made digitally available on numerous social platforms- SoundCloud is probably the most popular and widely available. From these social platforms recordings can be embedded in blogs and other social media- new technology enhancing oral histories and digital humanities.

Cultural Collections of the University of Newcastle has agreed to store original audio or audio-visual file in perpetuity, to be made available on their various open source digital platforms (Permissions required).  Audios will be made available to the community via the UONCC SoundCloud, UONCC WordPress and UONCC YouTube sites.

Recordings and permission forms can be sent to Cultural Collections at the University of Newcastle, email to archives@newcastle.edu.au


Technology today enables us to easily record oral history interviews. It is up to you as to the device you want to use to record the interview. These may include:-

  • Professional handheld devices are the best option and a good investment if you are serious about doing oral history recordings.
  • Apps for Smartphones and devices – There are many downloadable voice recording Apps for personal devices (iPad, iPhone, androids etc.) Although these may seem simple to use, problems can occur attempting to transfer a recording from a smartphone.
  • Traditional cassette audio tapes – We do not suggest the use of older style cassette tapes, the sound quality is not optimal and cassettes are more difficult to digitise – the UON’s Cultural Collections can digitise cassette and analogue tapes, however is more complex process.Further information can be found HERE what-device-to-use.

STEP 7: 

Most audio digitally recorded can be edited using audio editing software, such as Audacity that is free and easy to use. It has cut, copy and paste functions, reduce noise, and convert file formats. Other professional audio editing software is Audition Adobe. Further information.

Making a summary or transcript of your recording is recommended as best practice. This will allow your interview to be more search-friendly when uploaded on the web, as well as providing clarity and better access for the hearing impaired. oTranscribe is a free online app for transcribing recorded interviews.

For further information contact Dr Ann Hardy, Historian, Creative Industries & Digital Humanities Projects Co-ordinator for Cultural Collections at the University of Newcastle, email  ann.hardy@newcastle.edu.au

This Oral History Guide (with Attachments) is also downloadable HERE.


JD Somerville Oral History Collection – State Library of South Australia

Talk to Print- a step-by-step guide to publishing oral history. Department of Environment & Conservation, 2004.

Oral History and Folklore –  National Library of Australia

Australian Generations Oral History Project  – Monash University

By Word or Mouth – Conducting Oral Histories – A resource book for teachers and student, NSW.

A guide for interviewing veterans past and present.- Australian War Memorial

Oral History– Records and Archives Office – UNSW

Oral History and Realia – National Library of Australia

24 Questions you should ask your parents, while you can – Amy Gibson

Voices of the Hunter – Digitised Oral History Tapes

Hundreds of Hunter Valley oral history tapes have been made available on our Sound Cloud site and more are being added every week, as part of the Voices of the Hunter project.


Historian Jack Delaney

During the 1970s and 1980s, eminent local historian John W. (Jack) Delaney recorded a large number of interviews of people from the Hunter Valley, especially from the coalfields area. These interviews were recorded on audio cassette tapes, copies of which are held by the Coalfields Heritage Group who have kindly agreed to allow us to digitise these tapes and to make them available to the world. Our other partner in this endeavour is Coal & Allied Operations Pty Ltd who have provided a generous grant towards the work via the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund.

Browse this collection at: https://soundcloud.com/uoncc/sets/voth

Highlights include:

George Bainbridge, an Electrical Engineer at Aberdare Extended Colliery

Stella Bradstreet, owned a Cessnock car dealership with her husband Theo

Fred Hallam, WWII Flight Navigator and Solicitor

Mick Morris, Cessnock Barber

Clarry Hawkins, Keinbah resident, Timber cutter and winemaker

Above photo: Grape pickers at Keinbah, NSW. Courtesy of the Hawkins family and Lexie Matthews.



Margaret Henry Oral History Archive – Digitised Collection

Margaret Henry

Margaret Henry

The Margaret Henry Oral History Archive is a collection of audio tapes, transcripts, summaries and essays that were part of the Oral Histories Open Foundation Course (1986-1989). Margaret Henry was a history lecturer at the UON in the 1980s.

The oral history tapes have been digitised by Cultural Collections, UON Library and made freely available to the wider global research community thanks to the generosity of The Vera Deacon Regional History Fund.

Margaret Henry Oral History Archive on Soundcloud

The wider collection of Margaret Henry Oral History Archive – over 200 interviews in total and with many stories of Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and its surrounds and records voices describing the Regions cultural, intellectual and social life. It is an incredible legacy to Margaret Henry. The original audio tapes and written sources are held in Cultural Collections at the Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle (Australia).

You are welcome to use the sources for study and personal research purposes. Please acknowledge as Courtesy of the “Margaret Henry Oral History Archive, University of Newcastle (Australia)” For commercial requests you must obtain permission by contacting Cultural Collections.

If you are the subject of the stories, or know the subject of the stories, and have cultural or other reservations about the stories available on this website and would like to discuss this with us please contact Cultural Collections at archives@newcastle.edu.au

These sources are provided free of charge to the global community thanks to the generosity of the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund. Information about the Vera Deacon History Fund is here https://uoncc.wordpress.com/vera-deacon-fund/ And you can directly donate here: https://dotnet.newcastle.edu.au/donations/


A6524(xiv)- 1 A History of Winns Ltd,1878 -1980– Marie Maddrell (Also see A7464(xii) for audio recording) Interviewer Gwyneth Robertson.

A6524(xiv)- 2 A History of Winns Ltd,1878 -1980. Marie Maddrell
Interviewer Gwyneth Robertson.

A6524(xiv)- 3 Educator – Miss Phyllis Bennett (Also see A6731(35) for audio recording)
Interviewer Mavis Pattinson.

A6524(xiv)- 4 Growing up in Islington–  Mrs. Leslie (Also see A6731 (37) for audio recording)
Interviewer Helen Adams.

A6524(xiv)- 5 Nursing at Kurri Kurri District Hospital – Mary Louisa Corke (nee Pike) (Also see A6731 (39) for audio recording) Interviewer Marilyn Donn.

A6524(xiv)- 6 “Women who dared” – Sister Constance Casey (Also see A7466B (xix) for audio recording)
Interviewer Mary Guy.

A6524(xiv)- 7 Family History – Alice Ellis & Ruth Croll (Also see A7466B (xxi) for audio recording)
Interviewer Margaret Hudson

A6524(xiv)- 8 Headmistress Newcastle Grammar School 1968-76 – Mrs. Kath Stewart (Also see A6731 (34) for audio recording)
Interviewer Olive McCredy.

A6524(xiv)- 9 Nursing from 1929 – 1978 – Mary Knodler (Also see A7466B(xx) for audio recording)
Interviewer Jill Alcorn.

A6524(xiv)- 11 The Marks family in eastern Lake Macquarie – Ann Gee (Also see A6731 (36) for audio recording)
Interviewer Jackie Boynton


A6731 (1) Coal Mining in the Northern Coalfields: Depression – Thomas Parkinson. Interviewer Margaret Blackman

A6731 (2) Mining and the Development of Mining Towns – Bill Shepherd (miner)
Interviewer Grace Ermer

A6731 (3) State Dockyard Unions – Interview with Neville (NED) Thomas Andrews O.A.M
Interviewer Nic Curk

A6731 (4) Recollections of Blackbutt Reserve; Newcastle University – Tom Farrell (Environmentalist)
Interviewer Val Tripp

A6731 (4B) ‘Melvic’ Theatre, Belmont – William (Bill) Payne
Interviewer Diana Blaxell

A6731 (5)Author of ‘Dawn in the Valley’ – Allan Wood, Historian
Interviewer Mary Baker

A6731 (6)Newcastle Nurseryman – Roy Whalan (Horticulturalist)
Interviewer Robbin Hodges

A6731 (7) – Practice of Medicine in Mayfield – Dr E.W Ferguson
Interviewer Pauline Eade

A6731 (7B)Greta Migrant Hostel – Felix Dangel
Interviewer Zbigniew Kczela

A6731 (8)Fluctuations in the Retail Industry in Cessnock – Mrs Abercrombie (Jeweller)
Interviewer Anne Cowan

A6731 (9)Influences of Miners’ Lodges on local community – Mick Frame
Interviewer Robyn Cagney

A6731 (10)Interview with Miss Ruby Melville about her clothing factory(1917 to 1966)  – Ruby Melville
Interviewer Evelyn Stuttaford

A6731 (11)Newcastle Dramatic Art Club – Betty Lind
Interviewer Rosalind Evans

A6731 (12) Newcastle History- ALP, Trade Unions, Politics – Hon. C.K Jones M.P. O.A. (Charles Keith Jones) PART 1

A6731 (13)Newcastle History- ALP, Trade Unions, Politics – Hon. C.K Jones M.P. O.A. (Charles Keith Jones) PART 2
Interviewer John Young

A6731 (14)Interview with Singleton Resident – Ernest Smith
Interviewer Chris Whalan

A6731 (15A)Memories of childhood days in Singleton in 1920s  – Gladys Shearer & Mrs Terrey
Interviewer Barbara Drayton

A6731 (15B)Development Tanilba Bay & Port Stephens – Bruce Mackenzie
Interviewer Margaret Owler

A6731 (16) – Changes in the meat industry – Keith McGill
Interviewer Debbie Lewis

A6731 (16B) Life in Lambton – Evelyn ‘May’ Hoy
Interviewer Kerry Maree Johnson

A6731 (17) – A Pioneering Engineering Firm – Morison & Bearby – Miss Nancy Morison
Interviewer Carol Firth

A6731 (18) –  Merrion’s Cardiff Bakery- Family Business- Changes 1922 – 1977 – Eric Merrion
Interviewer Elizabeth Cox

A6731 (19) – Changing Treatment of Tuberculosis –Dr R Mills (chest Specialist)
Interviewer Cheryl Newell

A6731 (20) – Tanilba Bay 1940s – Clara (Kitty) Brown & Joan McInerney
Interviewer M Owler

A6731 (21) – Establishment of Working Women’s Centre – Mary Calcott
Interview Jennifer Gregory

A6731 (22) – Mayfield Telephone Exchange – Gordon Sutherland
Interviewer Diane Patch

A6731 (23) –  Driving a Store Bread Van – Charles Watters
Interviewer Elizabeth Watters

A6731 (24) – Nursing changes at Wallsend Hospital – Matron Narelle Punton & Mrs MN Butler M.B.E
Interviewer Margaret Piefke

A6731 (25) – Stockton Surf Life Saving Club – Raymond Lawrence Williams
Interviewer Suzanne Lowndes

A6731 (26)Newcastle Train History– Les (Casey) Jones (Recently retired train driver)
Interviewer Hazel Paton

A6731 (27)Newcastle Women’s Movements – Pearl Hickey & Tom Hickey
Interviewer Kay Davies

A6731 (27b) – Social & Political History of Newcastle of the 20th Century – Tom Hickey
Interviewer Kay Davies

A6731 (28) Harris Wheeler – 95 Years of Law in Newcastle  – Howard Kerr Williams & Neville Darcy Wheeler
Interviewer Lyn Lucas

A6731 (29)Newcastle Repertory Theatre 1957-1987 – Peter & Shirley Bloomfield
Interviewer Dorothy White

A6731 (30)Toronto Bus Service – Bob Hertogs
Interviewer Ineke Garaty

A6731 (31)North Rothbury Mine Lock-out of 1929 – Eunice Elliott
Interviewer Narene Williams

A6731 (32)Australian Women’s Army – Rita Borger & Mildred Baxter
Interviewer Christine Howard

A6731 (33)The Corner Store (Cardiff) – Irene Lonsdale (Shopkeeper)
Interviewer Colleen Purdy

A6731 (34)Happy Valley – A Depression Camp, East Cessnock – Olive Convery & Neville Lavender
Interviewer Patricia Neal

A6731 (35)  Life as an Educator – Miss Phyllis Bennett MBE
Interviewer M Pattinson

A6731 (36)History of the Mark’s Family – Ann Gee
Interviewer unknown

A6731 (37)Life in Singleton – Mrs Leslie
Interviewer Helen Adam

A6731 (38) Educator – Mrs Kath Stewart
Interviewer Olive Mcrae

A6731 (39)  Nursing at Kurri Kurri District Hospital – Mary Louisa Corke
Interviewer Marilyn John

A6731 (40) – Vietnam War Memorial, Newcastle – Jim Husband
Interviewer Gary Jolliffe

A6731 (41) Interview with historian Harry Boyle – Harry Boyle
Interviewer Roslyn Macey

A6731 (42) Oyster Farming in Port Stephens – Gordon Holliday
Interviewer Pat Doolan


A6963 – Goninan & Co. Limited  – Robert Burns – Written Source
Interviewer: Lynne Bonser

A6963 (ia) – Memoirs of the Hunter Valley Timber Industry – Charles Lewis – Written Source
Interviewer Glenda Aoake

A6963 (ib) – The History of Newcastle from the 1920s – Raymond McDonagh – Written Source
Interviewer David Alward

A6963 (ii) ‘Shipmates’ and other business ventures – Clem Ashford – Written Source
Interviewer Michele Ashford

A6963 (iii)  Settlers Port Stephens & Aust. Agricultural Company – Arthur & Doris Eggelton,  Les H Savage –Written Source
Interviewer June Bailey

A6963 (v) Murray’s Run – Les Sternbeck – Written Source
Interviewer Margy Barnett

A6963 (vi)  The Depression Years – Josephine Leis – Written Source
Interviewer Lorna Boyd

A6963 (vii)  Macedonians ‘then’ and ‘now’ in Newcastle – Kiril Murgev – Written Source
Interviewer Blagoja Bozinoski (No Audio Recording)

A6963 (viii) Croations in Newcastle – Luka Dejanovic – Written Source
Interviewer Marcia Batkovic

A6963 (ix) ABC in Newcastle (2NC History) – John Bracken – Written Source
Interviewer Helen Bracken

A6963 (x) Toorumbee Creek Community – John Linehan – Written Source
Interviewer Peter Blanch


A6964 (i) Rise & Fall of the Abattoirs – Ross Lindsay & Terry Warnaby – Written Source
Interviewer Sherin Boogaard

A6964 (ii) Views of Belmont Past & Present – John Milliss – Written Source
Interviewer Suzanne Campbell

A6964 (iii) Dominican Order of Nuns at Waratah, NSW – Sr Catarina Heffernan – Written Source
Interviewer Raelee Caswell

A6964 (iv) Electricity in the Hunter – John A Tubb –Written Source
Interviewer Kim Cooper

A6964 (v)  Mosquito Island 1916-1923 – John Duggan – Written Source
Interviewer Carmel Creasey

A6964 (vi) History of the Police in Newcastle – Keith Parsons & Doug Lithgow – Written Source
Interviewer Glenn Crompton

A6964 (vii) – Bootmaking in Lambton – Stephen Simpson – Written Source
Interviewer Lesley Dickinson

A6964(viii) Tailoring in Newcastle – Margaret Hughes – Written Source
Interviewer Caroline Duncan


A6965 (i) Coal Mining in Newcastle in the 1950 – Wal Partridge – Written Source
Interviewer Chris Durie

A6965 (ii) Growing up in Paterson – Dick Burgess – Written Source
Interviewer Leanne Durie

A6965 (iii) History of Morpeth – Mildred Parkhurst – Written Source
Interviewer Helen Finegan

A6965 (v) History of Shipbuilding in Newcastle – Harry Douglas Harding – Written Source
Interviewer Esther Galbraith

A6965 (vi) Morison & Bearby Engineering works  Miss A.J ‘Nancy’ Morison – Written Source
Interviewer Graeme Grace

A6965 (vii) Greeks in Newcastle – Toula (Surname not provided) – Written Source
Interviewer Judy Gavrilis

A6965 (viii) Impact of Great Depression in Newcastle on Woman & education Doreen Maher –Written Source
Interviewer George Allan


A6966(i) Belmont South – Joan Hicks – Written Source
Interviewer Karen Hicks

A6966(ii)(a) Early History of Awaba – Ronald A. Heathcote – Written Source
Interviewer Edna Mavin (b.1916)

A6966(ii)(b) Tanilba House – Helen Taylor- Written Source
Interviewer Suzanne Heffernan

A6966(iii)  Growth of High Street Maitland & Johnston’s Shoe store – Colin Johnston – Written Source
Interviewer Gloria Higginbottom

A6966(iv) Dodd & Co. Pty Ltd – Arthur Dodd – Written Source
Interviewer Gail Hill

A6966(v)  Life on the Land in the Gloucester Area – Irene Phillips – Written Source
Interviewer Raylene Hitchcock (NO AUDIO AVAILABLE)

A6966(vi)  History of a Newcastle Coalminer – Alan Murnain – Written Source
Interviewer Cathy Holmes

A6966(vii) Cordial manufacturers of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley – Ian Sherman – Written Source
Interviewer Lynette Jackson

A6966(viii) Allco Steel  – Mr Delbianco – Written Source
Interviewer Angela Jankovic

A6966(ix) Cardiff Railway Workshops -Douglas Bradford – Written Source
Interviewer Leigh Johnston

A6966(x) The Country Women’s Association – Barbara Bushell – Written Source
Interviewer Sonya Jones


A6967(1a) Life story of Aboriginal woman Annie Whilamena Kelly – Annie Whilamena Kelly – Written Source
Interviewer Miss Shay Kelly

A6967(1b) Change from trams to buses in Newcastle – Norman Kelty – Written Source
Interviewer Tracey Kelty

A6967(ii) History of the Boydell Family in Australia – Richard “Dick” Grant Boydell – Written Source
Interviewer Jeannette Lee

A6967(iii)(a) The Diocese of Maitland – Fr Harold Campbell – Written Source
Interviewer Darrell Mackie

A6967(iii)(b) Reflections of Islington – Elizabeth Woodbine – Written Source
Interviewer John Lewis

A6967(iv) Green Point- Lewers Estate Area – Duncan McEwan & Pauline Keating – Written Source
Interviewer Fiona McEwan

A6967(v) ESSAY describing the living conditions of the Worimi Aborigines of Port Stephens before and after the appearance of Europeans  – Written Source
By John MacLachlan

A6967(vi) Life at the St. Elizabeth’s Girls’ Home Singleton 1944-47 – Marlene Kennedy –Written Source
Interviewer Jan McLeod

A6967(vii) Seaman’s Working Conditions – Neville Cunningham – Written Source
Interviewer Ian McQualter

A6967(viii) History of the de Glorion family –  Del de Glorion – Written Source
Interviewer Rosemary Melville

A6967(ix) History of Greta –  Esme Allan – Written Source
Interviewer Valerie Randall


A6968 (1) Life and Pubs in Newcastle and Suburbs – Marion Davey
Interviewer Grant Miles

A6968 (ii)(a) Customs House Newcastle, NSW – Capt. James Fletcher – Written Source
Interviewer Terry Muir

A6968 (ii)(b) Conservation and the History of the Northern Parks & Playground Movement – Doug Lithgow – Written Source
Interviewer Vicki Neech

A6968 (iii)  Hunter Girls’ High School – Lottie Young – Written Source
Interviewer Helen New

A6968 (iii)(b) – History of Theatres in Newcastle – Peter Whipper Snr – Written Source
Interviewer Jenny Nichols

A6968 (iv) Swansea Bridge/s – Bill Vernon – Written Source
Interviewer Mark Stephen Nolan

A6968 (v) Retail at Scotts Dept. Store – A Woman’s Perspective – Selma Hare & Maisie Sharp – Written Source
Interviewer: Jennifer Nosworthy


A6969 (i)(a) Zaara Street Power Station – Clarrie McLennan – Written Source
Interviewer Louise Parker

A6969 (i)(b) Life story of an Aboriginal Woman – Annie Whilamena Kelly (born of Aboriginal descent) – Written Source
Interviewer Miss Shay Kelly (daughter)

A6969 (ii) Merewether & its Beach – Alice Ferguson – Written Source
Interviewer Trish Pattenden

A6969 (iii) Paediatric Care at the Newcastle Mater Hospital –  Sr. Mary Barnabas Gardiner – Written Source
Interviewer Elaine Perry

A6969 (iv) The Great Depression – Kathleen Jones – Written Source
Interviewer Bob Price

A6969 (v) History of the town of Greta – Elsie Allan – Written Source
Interviewer Valerie Randall

A6969 (vi) A Woman growing up in the Hunter Valley – Veronica Phillips – Written Source
Interviewer Heather Rooney

A6969 (vii) Seventh-day Adventists at Cooranbong – Ivy Easthope – Written Source
Interviewer Helen Sankowsky

A6969 (viii) Newcastle Trade Hall Council – Keith Wilson – Written Source
Interviewer Nicki Saroca

A6969 (ix) Electric Lamp Manufacturers “Lampworks” in Newcastle – Ken Millington – Written Source
Interviewer Janelle Schmidt


A6970 (i)  Walter Edwin Bramble – Betty Anderson – Written Source
Interviewer Rosemary Soto

A6970 (ii) Single Working Women in the Depression – Joyce Staley (nee Cummings) –Written Source
Interviewer Lyn Staley

A6970 (iii) History of Retail in Newcastle – John Sobb – Written Source
Interviewer Boyd Stewart

A6970 (iv) Displaced persons in the Hunter Region – Bazil Manunczak – Written Source
Interviewer Desmond Thomas

A6970 (v) Young & Green – Alexander ‘Alec’ Young – Written Source
Interviewer Tracie Thornberry

A6970 (vi) The Growth and Development of the Fishing Industry in Nelson Bay – A Mitchell  & G Pain – Written Source
Interviewer Julie Tregarthen

A6970 (vii) John Lysaght (Australia) Limited – Clarrie Withers – Written Source
Interviewer Ann Walker

A6970 (viii) The Dillon Family of Dungog – Vincent Dillon – Written Source
Interviewer Ray Ward


A6971(i) History of Purfleet – Horice “Horrie” Saunders – Written Source
Interviewer Randall Wiggers

A6971(ii) The Rise of Environmental Awareness in Australia – Selby Alley – Written Source
Interviewer David Williams

A6971(iii) Elliott Family early settlers of Buttai – Diane Parnell – Written Source
Interviewer Yvonne Wardell

A6971(iv) Retail & Menswear in King Street, Newcastle – Sue Vandervalk – Written Source
Interviewer Jane Wells

A6971(v) History of the Newcastle Printmaker’s Workshop – Robin Winston – Written Source
Interviewer Lee Williams

A6971(vi) The Abermain Eisteddfod – Agnes Madeline James –Written Source
Interviewer Lisa Maree Williams

A6971(viii) Removal of the Occupants of Coon Island – Henry & Catherine Nicholls –Written Source
Interviewer Peter Winsor

A6971(vii)  History of Single Friendly Societies in the Hunter Region of NSW – Vernon Wong-see – Written Source
Interviewer Frank Woodgate. (Audio recording is very poor & interview very short – tape damaged)


A7462(v) Inn- Keeping in Singleton 1900 – Mrs. Kit Foggo (RESTRICTED ACCESS)
Interviewer Christine Abrahams

A7462(vi) Port of Newcastle – Sidney Alexander Ayerst – Written Source
Interviewer Pamela Walters

A7462(vii) Women in Newcastle Industries during WWII – Kathleen Blackett – Written Source
Interviewer Jodie Calvert

A7462(viii) Life in Greta 1930- 1950 – William Williamson – Written Source
Interviewer Julie Kay

A7462(ix) Immigration of Displaced Persons to Australia Greta Camp – Elly Slechter – Written Source
Interviewer Cynthia Barker

A7462(x) The Salvation Army – Mrs. P. Foster –Written Source
Interviewer Regina Bollinger

A7462(xi) History of Toronto – Mr. George Woodman – Written Source
Interviewer Anne Woodman

A7462(xii) Trade Union & Federated Ironworkers’ Association (1917-1950) – Thomas Graham – Written Source
Interviewer Anne Dunne

A7462(xiii) Coalmining, Rothbury & Miners’ Federation – Frank Manning – Written Source
Interviewer Lucyna Manning

A7462(xiv) Changes in the Railway – L.J. Young (Engine Driver) – Written Source
Interviewer Kerrie Young

A7462(xv)  RAAF Airbase at Williamtown – Keith Sullivan – Written Source
Interviewer Sharon Foster

A7462(xvi) History of Charlestown – Ada Pickering – Written Source
Interviewer Lorraine Slaven

A7462(xvii) Life in Morpeth – Mary Lantry –Written Source
Interviewer Jill Nean

A7462(xviii) Newcastle State Dockyard (1942-1962) – John Aubin – Written Source


A7463(i) Memoirs of Maitland Show – Bob Johnston – Written Source
Interviewer Jane Guy

A7463(ii) Masonite Factory Raymond Terrace – Mr David Bowtell – Written Source
Interviewer Dorothy Harrison

A7463(iii)  Wickham in the 1910s – Doris Piper – Written Source
Interviewer Margaret Probert

A7463(iv) Coal Mining of the Hunter Valley – Clyde Jones & Mick Jurd – Written Source
Interviewer Wendy Stuart

A7463(v) 150 Years of Farming Morpeth – Thomas Wright – Written Source
Interviewer Yvonne Eggins

A7463(vi) Newcastle State Dockyard – Jim Smith – Written Source
Interviewer Robyn Sanderson

A7463(vii)  Greta Migrant Camp – Ann Buldecki – Written Source
Interviewer Katherine Granter

A7463(viii) Greek Heritage in Newcastle – Bob Tsousis, Michael Karaberidis – Written Source
Interviewer Susan Karaberidis

A7463(ix) Coal Mining in the Hunter Valley – John Ambler & John Redding – Written Source
Interviewer Lorri Cummings

A7463(x) Shipbuilding in the Manning District –  Claude Mann – Written Source
Interviewer Collene Braye

A7463(xi) Stockton History – Terry Callen – Written Source
Interviewer Carol Plooy

A7463(xii) Joy Cummings, Australia’s first female Lord Mayor – Ray Cummings – Written Source
Interviewer Phyllis Southall

A7463(xiii) Life in the Country 1890-1910 – Eva Stott – Written Source
Interviewer Ann Fenwick

A7463(xv) Newcastle State Dockyard – Frank Neat – Written Source
Interviewer Natalia Sanderson

A7463(xvi) Family Planning Association of NSW in Newcastle – Joy Gagleler – Written Source
Interviewer Heather Hancock

A7463(xvii)  Newcastle History – Mrs. Ross –Written Source
Interviewer Paul Vella

A7463(xviii) The Newcastle Herald – James Edward Hattam – Written Source
Interviewer Carmel Noonan


A7464(iii) Richmond Vale Railway – Interviewee unknown – Written Source
Interviewer Annette Young (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7464(iv) Newcastle Gas Company Limited 1866- 1987 – Interviewee unknown – Written Source
Interviewer David Neighbour (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7464(vi) Life in the Hunter Region of West Wallsend & Morisset –  Mr & Mrs Don MacLaren – Written Source
Interviewer Dorothy Reading (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7464(vii) The Growth of Morisset – Mary France – Written Sources
Interviewer Angela Bentley

A7464(ix) A history of the Mine Subsidence Board – Written Source
Interviewer Joanne Rose (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7464(x)  Friends of Wallsend Hospital – Janet Budge – Written Source
Interviewer Lynette E Davies

A7464(xi) “Porphryh” property at Seaham – Lucy Ralston
Interviewer Margo Wilkinson

A7464(xii) History of Winns Ltd 1878-1980 – Marie Maddrell – (Written source from A6524(xiv)-1)
Interviewer Gwyneth Robertson

A7464(xiii) Mayfield 1910-1920 – Bertha Downie – Written Source
Interviewer Judith Hughes (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7464(xiv)  Federated Ironworkers Association 1935-1950 – Hugh McCarthy – Written Source
Interviewer Allan Foster

A7464(xv) Blatchford Bakery – Doris Blatchford – Written Source
Interviewer Mladen Lazic

A7464(xvi)  The Great Depression – Victor A Stamford – Written Source
Interviewer Maureen Jane Sinclair

A7464(xvii) Life During the Depression & WWII – Moia De Martin – Written Source
Interviewer Jeanette Dixon

A7464(xviii) Newcastle State Dockyard – Betty Wilkinson – Written Source
Interviewer Ann Noud

A7464(xix) Early Life in Tighes Hill – Hilma Maybury – Written Source
Interviewer Michael Williams

A7464(xx)  Raymond Terrace & the Dairy Industry – Linda Pool – Written Source
Interviewer Doug Biddle

A7464(xi) Mining Industry of Rothbury & Branxton areas – Arthur Goodwin – Written Source
Interviewer Barb Taylor


A7465(i) Newcastle Harbour 1947-1980 – Captain Ken Hopper – Written Source
Interviewer Kathy Beautement

A7465(ii) Jerry’s Plains – Elsie Ball – Written Source (audio recording very poor)
Interviewer Christine Lamborn

A7465(iii) Rylands Bros. Pty Limited – Ken McTaggert – Written Source
Interviewer Anne McTaggert

A7465(iv) Trams & the Hunter Street Mall – Emily Mahoney, Len & Stella Smith – Written Source
Interviewer Linda Murray

A7465(v) Nobby’s Signal Station – Barrie Baker – Written Source
Interviewer Carmel Baker

A7465(vi) From Hillgrove to Newcastle – Rosemary Simpson – Written Source
Interviewer Loraine Haywood

A7465(vii) Coal Miners’ Strike in 1949 – Eileen Penglaze – Written Source
Interviewer Susan Moran

A7465(viii) Newspaper reporting during WWI & Great Depression – Jean Chapman – Written Source
Interviewer Robert Kerr

A7465(ix) Latham Family of the Hunter Region – James Latham – Written Source
Interviewer Andrea Keirs

A7465(x) Changes in Newcastle’s East End – Alf Sargeant – Written Source
Interviewer Jill Dorey

A7465(xi) Teralba & Stockton Borehole – Wilfred Dews – Written Source
Interviewer John Denkin

A7465(xii)  Story of Greta & Boland Family – M & J Speight – Written Source
Interviewer David Helmers

A7465(xiii) History of Fort Scratchley – Ted Pricter – Written Source
Interviewer David Latimore

A7465(xiv)  Immigration & Newcastle – Gisella Noll, Jim & Violet Woodward – Written Source
Interviewer Stephen Garz

A7465(xv) Early Education & Open Foundation Studies – Mildred Storer – Written Source
Interviewer Cathy Abra

A7465(xvi) Newcastle Hill Residents Group – Joyce Bond – Written Source
Interviewer Jan Reynolds

A7465(xvii) Cessnock Tourism & Vineyards – Megan Cooke – Written Source
Interviewer Cindy Ryan

A7465(xviii) Life in Dungog during 1916- 1988 – William K Tickle – Written Source
Interviewer Gai Shelton (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7465(xix)  Housing in the Hunter – Larry Short – Written Source
Interviewer Helen Whitehouse

A7465(xx) Early Apprenticeships in Hairdressing, Newcastle – Gordon Edwards – Written Source
Interviewer Jo Fenwick


A7466A(i) Stevedoring on the Newcastle waterfront – Carlton Parrott – Written Source
Interviewer Carolyn Brent

A7466A(ii)  Baker’s Bakery – Frank Baker Jnr. – Written Source
Interviewer Julie Guion

A7466A(iii) Women at ‘The Store’ & the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) – Melissa Cameron – Written Source
Interviewer Maureen Tobin

A7466A(v) Rankin Park Hospital – Beryl Clinton – Written Source
Interviewer Dan Ryan

A7466A(vi) Cessnock Businesswoman Marjorie Brown – Marjorie Brown – Written Source
Interviewer Sue Brown

A7466A(vii) Coal Shipping & the Port of Newcastle – D.F Gray – Written Source
Interviewer Maureen Wilson

A7466A(viii) The Depression – Ernie & Ellen Fenly – Written Source
Interviewer Ann Cummings

A7466A(ix) The Life of Elizabeth Madden – Elizabeth Madden – Written Source
Interviewer Stephen Scrogings

A7466A(x)  School Days & Memories of Kurri Kurri – Dorothy Temperley –Written Source
Interviewer Patricia Cowen

A7466A(xi)  Memories of the Great Depression –  Agnes ‘May’ March – Written Source
Interviewer Judy Johnston

A7466A(xii) Local Government in Maitland – Fran Dawson – Written Source
Interviewer Narelle Penman

A7466A(xiii) Early Settlement & Shipping on the Williams River – R.L Ford – Written Source
Interviewer Ian Walker

A7466A(xiv) Newcastle State Dockyard 1955-87 – Jim Carter – Written Source
Interviewer Margaret Rees  (Damaged audio tape)

A7466A(xv) Surviving the Depression – Joe Chappell – Written Source
Interviewer Enid Ross

A7466A(xvi) History of Seaham – Alexander McDonald – Written Source
Interviewer Anne Louise Austin


A7466B(i) Nursing at the Mater Hospital, Waratah –  Sr. M. Barnabas –Written Source
Interviewer Sarah Willis

A7466B(ii) Family life in the 1920-40s – Annie McGregor – Written Source
Interviewer Margaret Logvyn

A7466B(iii) Newcastle Female Radio Personality – Twink Story –Written Source
Interviewer Leonie Milgate

A7466B(iv) Employment at the Bank of NSW – Edward Swinton –Written Source
Interviewer Melissa Whithers

A7466B(vi) Stockton – Don Sheriff
Interviewer Charles Freeman (NO WRITTEN SOURCE)

A7466B(vii) Coal Mining Industry – Ben Gimbleton
Interviewer Edith McArthur

A7466B(viii) Steggles Bros. & Henny Penny – Bruce Steggles – Written Source
Interviewer Susan Meldrum (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(ix) Local Shipwrecks – Terry Callen
Interviewer Danielle Robertson

A7466B(x) Colliery Strikes – Joseph Cummings – Written Source
Interviewer Meghan Johnson (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(xi) Linsley Bus Company 1943-86 – Fred Linsley – Written Source
Interviewer Julie Gray (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(xii) Family Life In Newcastle 1905-1928 – Mrs M Gam – Written Source
Interviewer Shane Harris (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(xiii) History of the Sulphide Corporation, Cockle Creek – Lester Miller – Written Source
Interviewer Tony Miller (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(xiv) The Maitland Women’s Refuge – Winifred Neely – Written Source
Interviewer Barbara Wills (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(xv) How Effectively did Aboriginal People Resist the European Invasion of their country – Written Source
Interviewee unknown
Interviewer David Latimore (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(xvi) Why have so few women been involved in politics in Australia? – Written Source
Interviewer Christopher Veitch (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(xvii) Career Overview – Eileen Doyle – Written Source
Interviewer Carrie ? (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(xviii) Life in the Great Depression – May Hoy – Written Source
Interviewer Karen Rae (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(xix) Woman who dared – Sister Constance Casey – Written Source
Interviewer Mary Guy (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(xx) Nursing from 1929- 1978 – Miss Mary Knodler – Written Source
Interviewer Jill Alcorn (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

A7466B(xxi) Survival in the Depression – Alice Ellis & Ruth Croll – Written Source
Interviewer Margaret Hudson (NO AUDIO RECORDING)

Oral history recordings can also be located directly on Soundcloud here Margaret Henry Oral History Project (1986-1989).

Project compiled by Dr Ann Hardy for Cultural Collections, University of Newcastle Library

Free Oral History Workshop at Muswellbrook Library

A few members of our Cultural Collections team will be conducting an Oral History Workshop at Muswellbrook Library on the 26th August 2015 between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Free Oral History Workshop at Muswellbrook

This free workshop is part of a project called Voices of the Hunter which is managed by the University of Newcastle, with support from the Coalfields Heritage Group and Coal & Allied. This project follows in the footsteps of Oral History Collector, Jack Delaney (pictured above), who produced a large number of recordings on cassette over a period of 20 years. This collection is held by the Coalfields Heritage Group, who loaned it to the University for digitisation. The collection is now being made freely available online.

The aim of the workshops is to reach out to anyone in the Coalfields community who would like to learn how to plan, organise and collect their own history whether it is family or community history. The presenters will give participants the confidence to assemble and preserve their collected stories. It is an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of others and appreciate how things came to be.

If you would like to participate in the workshop please make a booking at Muswellbrook Library or phone (02) 6543 1913 by August 12th. Places are limited.