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#19757 - Pioneers gathering March 1984

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Tapes Drawer 16
Pioneers gathering March 1984
Sound Recording
Wood, Elma; Gale, John; Robinson, (Staff Nurse); Curley (Sister); O'Brien, Mick; Arnisson, Dick; Winter, Ted; Webber, Clive; Richards, M A
Canberra : Canberra and District Historical Society, 1984
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i audiotape
Gathering of descendants of pioneer settlers. Anecdotes presented at the gathering include: Mr John Gale earning the name of the 'father of Canberra' because of the part he played in the selection of Canberra as the site of the federal capital and the publication of his book 'Dalgety or Canberra? Which?'; a get-together of the descendants of John and Lucy Southwell who with five children (Harriet, Samuel, Thomas, Mary and George) came out from England in 1858 and settled at Ginninderra Creek, later having two more daughters and moving to Sutton; Weetangera school and teacher Mr M A Richards.
Information was sought about: Staff Nurse Robinson (1914 war period) who appeared in a photo of some Queanbeyan nurses; the location of workmen's camps back to 1911 and people who were brought up in these camps; the history of St John's Schoolhouse after 1880.
Audiotape not for loan; transcript available for purchase
A transcript has been made of this tape recording of proceedings at the Australian National University March 1984: Cam Morris(Acting President CDHS) Master of Ceremonies.
Notice was given of the development of a biographical register of pioneers of Canberra and district and the writing of the history of Canberra by Lyall Gillespie, Jim Gibney and Eric Sparkes.
Photographs of documents relating to the laying of the foundation stone for Canberra on 12 March 1913 were donated to the Sociey by Mr Knox of Carlingford, Sydney.