1991, English, Sound, Interview, lecture, talk edition: Interview with Arnold Meredith, cousin of John Meredith and farmer in the Lake Grace and Boyup Brook regions, W.A. interviewed and recorded by John Meredith. [sound recording] / Meredith, Arnold.

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Physical Description
  • 2 digital tape reels (50 min.)
Published
  • 1991.
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Interview with Arnold Meredith, cousin of John Meredith and farmer in the Lake Grace and Boyup Brook regions, W.A. interviewed and recorded by John Meredith.
Creator
  • Meredith, Arnold.
Other Creators
  • Meredith, John, 1920-2001.
Published
  • 1991.
Medium
  • [sound recording] /​
Physical Description
  • 2 digital tape reels (50 min.)
Series
Subjects
Playing Time
  • 00hrs 50min 00sec
Summary
  • Meredith speaks of pioneering at Lake Grace, W.A. in a low rainfall district, settling and shearing activities, stories about the mysterious Coedering Cougars; how William, Stan &​ Ted Meredith go west; Ted goes exploring for farmland, particularly the Burngup area and yields good crops until govt. resumes the best land, leaving land not viable for farming, his struggle to support six children, rain failure, due to clearing; rough living quarters with open fire cooking and bush tracks for roads, full day trip just to go shopping, only dam water to drink, used kero lanterns and candles for lighting, a subsidised school, had to travel 50 miles in a horse and cart for mother's confinement, a typhoid epidemic, cows kept for milk, all work done with horses, music from father's button accordion, mouth organ and a farmhand's guitar, family formed a band for local dances called "Ted Meredith &​ Co.", would attract 20-30 dancers, left Lake Grace for Boyup Brook in 1935, new land held in the sons' names with Ted having been declared bankrupt, the missing wheels from farm machinery, repossession thwarted, most good land infested with poison bush, Arnold and brother Wally went into sharefarming, erratic rail services, the missing sheep skins story, 1,000 acres bought at Boyup Brook by the Meredith brothers at 15 shillings per acre, clearing the forest by hand, "elanising", took turns to go to work to keep the farm going, the no-argument agreement, shearing sayings, the Cordering Cougars a reality and not a myth. Áä.
Notes
  • Preservation and user cassette copies made.
  • Recorded on Sept. 9, 1991.
Access Conditions
  • Open access.
Language
  • English
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