Experience Campbelltown's bygone years through recordings of local residents as they reminisce about early Campbelltown, at a time when Queen Street was just a dirt road.
New interviews recently added include residents Fatin Al Rawi, Sikander Khan and Maluach who tell their stories of coming to Campbelltown from other countries.
Interview with Campbelltown local Fatin, who was born in Baghdad, Iraq.
Interviewed by Andrew Allen 24 October 2016.
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Coming to Campbelltown in 1954, photographic enthusiast Hugh documented many moments in Campbelltown's past.
Recorded: 31 July 2013.
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Peter was delivered at home in Ingleburn on the 29 Dec 1924 by William Mawson. A well respected dentist, Peter talks of his family history and growing up.
Discussions include: Dentistry,
Recorded: 13 December 2013
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Born in Campbelltown in 1923. Norm recalls a wealth of stories about his time as a fireman, projectionist and newspaper photographer.
Recorded 29 November 2011
Many of Norm's photographs can be found at Campbelltown Library's Photo Database.
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Susan's family lived on a dairy farm at Douglas Park when she was born. She tells us of her life revelling in her school days.
Recorded 10 Aug 2011
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Born Minnie Moss, Betty tells of life growing up in the 'bush' suburb of Macquarie Fields.
Married in 1953, Betty moved into a flat over Mrs Taylor's shop opposite the Campbelltown Town Hall.
Recorded October 29 2010
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Born 1941 in Ashfield, Bob tells of his family's history.
Topics raised: Emily Cottage; East Minto; trees in Byron Bay; Hansen's; Minto Bushfire Brigade
Recorded: 9 April 2015
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Growing up as a child in Campsie, Elsie talks of her life and experiences during World War II and of moving to Campbelltown.
Recorded: 17 Jan 2018.
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Born in East Maitland, Barbara moved to Campbelltown with husband Gordon where they owned a pharmacist. Both would play a significant role in the Campbelltown community.
Recorded 7 December 2017
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Professional photographer, Geoff Eves recorded much of Campbelltown's early history including many of its buildings now long gone.
Interviewed by Andrew Allen 24 July 2013.
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Born in 1915 and moving with her two brothers and two sisters to Lithgow Street in 1919. Lilly has a great many memories of Campbelltown at a time when the street lamps of Queen Street were lit by hand.
Recorded 7 May 2010
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Interviewer Andrew Allen
Topics raised: Longhursts, Hepher's, schooling, tennis, Harley Daley, the Depression, Campbelltown Shops.
Recorded: 30 March 2010
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Delivered by Willam Mawson in 1927 Arthur tells of the building of Ingleburn Weir, council meetings on a full moon and a hairy time in the scouts.
Jean recalls rabbit stew, her father's work as well as a close link with Ingleburn house.
Recorded 23 May 2013
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Born in Dhaka, the Capital of Bangladesh, Sikander followed his brother to Australia to continue his education after the death of his father and mother.
Recorded 30 November 2016. Interviewed by Andrew Allen.
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Una arrived in Campbelltown from Armidale in 1932 when she was eight.
Topics raised: Teaching; Condamine Street; The Russian Monastery.
Recorded: 17 June 2015
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Maluach came to Australia from war torn South Sudan. Sadly, like hundreds of other children in the area he contracted meningitis and lost much of his hearing.
Interviewed by Andrew Allen and Julie Levell
Recorded: 15 March 2017.
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Campbelltown Library – Hugh Bairnsfather
Named for a soldier of the first World War Allan came to Campbelltown when he was three years old
Recorded: 17 Nov 2011
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Born in 1943 when Campbelltown was in flood, David lived on the corner of Moore and Genty Streets.
Frogs Hollow, Wonson's, dairy farming, Glenlee, Kiabla House, Rose Payton, Hayes Cordial, Seddon, Queen Street shop positions, the fire station, Ryan's garage, carpet snake; Russell offices and the Department of Defence; Al Johnson, Gubby Elmaloglou, Bradbury House, Charles Tripp, Syd Pope, Ruth Wajnryb, trout fishing, Cyril Brookes, Dr Thomas
Recorded 14 April 2011
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Born in Milby private hospital, Bob tells of his time growing up during the great depression.
Recorded 17 October 2011
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Nell's grandparent's were given a grant by Governor Macquarie, and grew grapes on their farm. Nell herself, was born in Elderslie, Camden and tells of life with her widowed mother during the great depression.
Recorded: 16 Jan 2015
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Born in Cowra in 1936, Maureen's father and Grandfather worked on the railways. In sixth form her family moved to Campbelltown to be close to family.
Recorded: 13 August 2013
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Born in Ingleburn, 1925, Harold Gregory Percival had many varied jobs with many organizations including the Navy, the GPO and Campbelltown Council as Alderman then Mayor.
Recorded: 18 May 2010
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Discussions include: Arthur Campbell; Moore Street; Bill Fairburn; Campbelltown North; the Rixons Campbelltown Show; Swimming at Menangle River; cars; Lacks and club hotels; Ampol garage; Downes
Recorded 14 March 2014
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Ted and Anne Sedgwick
Discussions include: Tom Hughes; Kagaroos; Local Politics; Tom Lewis; Greg Percival; Milk Board; Phil Simon; Payten's Lysaght's Dr Thomas; Picture theatre; Campbelltown Theatre Group; Hepher's Duguid Oval; Arch Walker; Stan Reeve
Recorded 26th May 2012.
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Discussions include: Reg Baker, Fisher's Ghost and Shell garages, Sid Pope, fundraising, Good Intent Hotel, panel beating, Lack's Hotel, Barry Clinton, Ron Harris, Gordon Fetterplace, Protestants, Catholic Church, Harry Shafer, horseriding to school, boxing, Ita Buttrose, speedway, St Gregory's College,
Recorded 14th April 2016.
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Alan and Rhonda Sloper
Discussions include: Bondi, midget submarine, Rose Festival, Fisher's Ghost Festival, amusement rides, showmen, Doctor Pate, Dr. Guest, Dr. Parnell, Reg Gale, Oakwood, Scattergood, boarding school, Teddy McGoldrick, Catholic Club, Clive Tregear, Alf Sloper, Harley Daley, Jerry Bakkers, Graham Dunstan, Fred Braat, snow cones, Ron Moore. Mrs Mac's Taxi service.
Recorded 23th December 2015.
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Living in Campbelltown for more than 80 years Jim tells of his time rabitting, playing football for the Kangaroo's league team and swimming in the Cattle tanks.
Recorded 17th Feb 2010
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One of eight Children, Margaret grew up in a house in the middle of Worrell Park..
Topics raised: Junction Road, Georges River Road, East Campelltown School, nursing, WWII, Pansy, shops in Campbelltown.
Recorded 8th Sep 2010
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Uncle Ivan Wellington, the well-known and well-loved Aboriginal elder talks about his family life growing up along the South Coast; what brought him to Campbelltown and his work with the kids of the community.
Discussions include: Billy Wellington, Jerrinjama, Dharawal National Park, Bull Cave, juvenile justice, Reiby, Appin Massacre, Father Tony Daley.
Recorded 7 March 2016
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