• Entry type: Resource
  • Entry ID: AWH002939

Rosemary Simms interviewed by Rob Willis in the Voices of the bush, the drought experience oral history project [sound recording]

  • Repository National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
  • Reference ORAL TRC 5841/6
  • Date Range 17-May-07 - 17-May-07
  • Description

    1 sound file (ca. 69 min.) Folkloric recording. Rosemary Simms born 1941 at Mystic Park, Victoria, talks about her parents; the development of irrigation scheme; growing oranges and table grapes; imports ruining industry; early family memories; her strong church involvement; Christmas with English tradition; her early life on the orchard; her school days; her high school at Kerang; teacher’s college at Bendigo; teaching at Cohuna High School; marrying Stuart in 1965; leaving teaching; dairy farming at Lake Charm; changes over the last 42 years; becoming a contract harvester; drought conditions; working wives; role of women in the farming community; women’s contribution to farm economics; farming income and costs; consequences of the threat of no irrigation water; local women’s organizations; community health; local services; family life in the local area; Federal Government proposal; Murray-Darling proposal; lack of knowledge by politicians.

  • Access Access open for research and personal copies. Written permission is required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee.
  • Finding Aid Timed summary (2 p.) and Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 55 leaves)