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Elwyn Flint Papers

  • UQFL173
  • Collection
  • [196-]

This collection comprises written documents collected by Flint mostly as part of a long term research project in the 1960s, known as the Queensland Speech Survey, during which Flint recorded traditional Aboriginal Languages. This collection also documents the Yuulngu (Gupapuyngu) language. Other parts of the collection include journal articles of languages, correspondence with field-linguists and staff from academic institutions, Indonesian material, and documentation of the English spoken by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australian and regional pidgins, "migrants" and "mother-tongue" people from different ages, regions or socio-economic groups.

Flint, Elwyn Henry

Recollections of Thomas Davis : collected by Steele Rudd

  • F3517
  • Item
  • 2010

This transcription of the original item was compiled and annotated by Richard Fotheringham. There is a note in the top right-hand corner 'In the posession [sic] of Hon. Joshua Thomas Bell circ. 1908-9'. Footnote on first page: 'Two manuscript notes in different hands are written in the right margin at this point ... indicates that this was compiled c. 1902 (Thomas died Jan 1904).' These recollections were shared with his son, Arthur Hoey Davis (1868-1935) (whose pen name was Steele Rudd) mostly likely in the early 1900's. Thomas Davis was a former convict. His memoir covers the period from 1849 to the separation of Queensland from New South Wales in 1859. Davis initially worked with J. C. Burnett's Survey Party. He recounts stories of the places he visited and their history, various encounters with local indigenous groups and individuals, language and culture of the Aboriginal people of the area, kinship system in the Maronoa and Balonne region, and a list of more than 100 names and phrases in the dialect of the people of the Balonne, Dawson and Comet river. Joshua Peter Bell is mentioned several times in memoir. This and other recollections by Thomas Davis were collected by Joshua Thomas Bell in the first decade of the 20th century.

Fotheringham, Richard, 1947-


  • UQFL79
  • Collection
  • [ca.1845]-2001.

Photographs, correspondence, diaries, journals, newspaper cuttings, personal papers relating to the Bell Family and Jimbour House and its occupants.

Bell family

Interview with Elena Timms

Therese Collie interviews Elena Timms (née Raccanello) born in 1941 in Stanthorpe.

Elena talks about her parents, who were Italian migrants; her experiences of growing up in Stanthorpe as a child of migrants; her and her fathers involvement in the peace and anti-war movements; working in an aluminium tube factory in Port Kembla in 1963 and school cleaner and trade unions; Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union of Australia and Trades and Labor Council; women labor union members.

Interview with Bessie Lymburner

Therese Collie interviews Bessie Lymburner, born in 1919 in Patana (Wenlock), Cape York.

Bessie talks about her early life in Palm Island and Townsville; working as a nurse and for the settlement Matron and Superintendent; housing; her husband Eric Lymburner's involvement in the Palm Island strike of 1957 where him and others protested againsts the injustices of living under the act; Second World War; her children; her concerns about Aboriginal health and Comalco Mining; Aboriginal people and women.

Interview with Loma Thompson

Therese Collie interviews Loma Thompson, born in 1922 in Lismore, Victoria.

Loma talks of her early life in Camberdown and Colac, and her parents; leaving school at 14 or 15 years old; training to be a nurse at Geelong and joining the Student Nurses' Association, and later the Professional Division of the Hospital Employees' Union; moving to North Queensland in 1948; meeting her husband Fred Thompson at a Communist Party meeting; joining the Communist Party in 1944 and why she joined; working for the Legion of Ex-Servicemen; Union of Australian Women (UAW); Freds work and his involvement with the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU), Loma being a founding member of the AEU Women's Committee; 1964/65 dispute at Mt Isa Mines and the work that the Women's Committee did; returning to the workforce at the age of 49 and the changes in the workforce for women since she last time she worked; her involvement with Kindergarten Headstart; child care; some issues faced by women today; activities, politically or otherwise, she is involved in now, and her family being involved in arts activities as a political tool of communication.

Interview with Susie Dickson

Therese Collie interviews Susie Dickson.

Susie talks of her early life growing up in Blackpool, England, with a single mother, who came from a strong socialist family; high school education and teachers college; her first teaching job in Manchester, being evacuated, with her school, to Blackpool during the second World War; matron of a home for boys with mental disability during the war; teachers union; reasons for joining the Communist Party; emigrating to Australia in 1957 with her husband Ian and four children; first impressions of Townsville and Queensland; the formation of a branch of the Local Government Women's Association (LGWA) in Townsville by Lady Jessie Groom; being Chairman of LGWA, other women involved in the association; working for the Prisoner's Aid Society; LGWA folding after 11 years and its activities over the years; working on an oral history project, for Margaret Reynolds office, on women who've been involved in the labour movement in north Queensland; being the first female juror in Townsville in the 1960's; working as a tutor for Aborigine and Torres Strait Islander students at the Boys Grammar in Townsville.

Interview with Jean Bowden, [Morningside, Brisbane?]

Therese Collie interviews Jean Bowden, an active member of the Australian Telephone and Phonogram Officers Association (ATPOA). In this interview, Bowden talks about her early life growing up on the Maroochy River where her father was a sugarcane grower; her school years; her first job at the Gympie telephone exchange and being encouraged by her father to join the union; boarding at the Convent in Gympie; working at the Nambour and Yeronga telephone exchanges; joining ATPOA; her involvement in the campaign to have the Bill that barred the employment of married women in the Commonwealth Public Service; Joyce Williams (Secretary of ATPOA); and her involvement with ATPOA.

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