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Interview with Doug Blythe

Interview with Doug Blythe. [Sound recording] [Special Collections]

Audio (MP3) (Interview - Part 1)
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Audio (MP3) (Interview - Part 2)
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Audio (MP3) (Interview - Part 3)
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Audio (MP3) (Interview - Part 4)
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Douglas James (Doug) Blythe interviewed by John Clements.

Doug Blythe talks about his life and family history.

Part 1 – Doug was born in Derby. He gives his family background, beginning with his great grandfather’s emigration from Scotland to Albany in 1833. He talks about the establishment of Mount House Station outside Derby.

PLEASE NOTE: Poor quality recording

Part 2 – Doug talks about his first droving trip for Mount House Station and general anecdotes about work on Fairfield Station.

Part 3 – Doug talks about Glenroy Station, an appendix to Mount House Station. Doug recalls the relationship between the station owners and the Aboriginal stockmen who worked for them. He recalls the impact of local customs on the station work, such as marriage relations causing feuds. Doug recalls his marriage to Rita Teakle in 1942.

Part 4 – Doug talks about the early days of his marriage to Rita. He discusses the introduction of freighting beef by air in 1949, marketing the beef trade and obtaining markets for beef.

This interview was recorded in Armadale, Western Australia.

This sound recording is part of the John Clements Oral History Collection.

Date: 30 June 1985
Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: John Clements Oral History Collection
Copyright: © Estate of John Clements
Other Information: This recording was originally made on a 5 inch (13 centimetre) reel to reel tape.
Notes: 4 digital files : 120 MB
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/54788
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