Oral Histories

Below are digitised copies of interviews conducted by Debbie Stephan, former Historical Officer (for the City of Berwick, then City of Casey), and Berwick Secondary Students.

All interviews are available with permission from the interviewees and the Local History Archive of the Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation, which holds the original audio tapes.

The files have only been edited for quality. No content has been removed from the original interviews.

Alice Barker - Berwick

Interview (20 mins)

Reminiscences of life in the early days of Berwick, specifically in relation to education.

Recorded by the Berwick Mechanics Institute, date unknown.
 

Alice Barker & Violet Facey
 

Part 1 (31 mins) | Part 2 (31 mins) | Part 3 (31 mins) | Part 4 (31 mins)

Longtime residents of Berwick talk about growing up in the early days of the city.

Recorded by the Berwick Mechanics Institute on 5/4/94
 

 

 

Alice Barker - Berwick (2)

Interview (20 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during World War II

Recorded by Trina Worcester, Berwick Secondary College, 14/09/1990.

Allan Funston - Farmer and Berwick Cemetery Trustee

Part 1 (30 mins) | Part 2 (18 mins)

Reminiscences of Berwick during the Depression and World War II.

Recorded by Un-Named Student, Berwick Secondary School on 22/08/1985.

Allan Thom - Lang Lang

Interview (21 mins)

Reminiscences of World War II

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 16/10/1995.

Annabel Ford - Berwick

Part 1 ( 32 mins) | Part 2 (21 mins)

Reminiscences of Burma, India and Kashmir before and during World War II.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 02/10/1995.

Mrs Asling - Narre Warren North Primary School

Interview (25 mins)

Discussion of the History of the Narre Warren North Primary School with one of its long serving teachers.

Recorded by Christine Herzog, Berwick Secondary College on 16/06/1984

Barry Simon - First Mayor of the City of Berwick

Part 1 ( 31 mins) | Part 2 (31 mins) | Part 3 (19 mins)

Reminiscences of the creation and early days of the City of Berwick.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 25/05/1994.

Beryl Robinson & Rev. Ian Whiteheart - Belgrave Anglican Church

Interview (13 mins)

Discussion of the St Martins Anglican Church in Belgrave with the church Vicar and a long time congregation member.

Recorded by Rebecca Carter, Berwick Secondary College, 1991.

Berwick Mechanics Institute

Interview (18 mins)

Discussion of the History of the Berwick Mechanics Institute with Mrs Malcolm.

Recorded by Carol Maas, Berwick Secondary College on 21/8/1991.

Bill Hudson - City of Berwick

Interview (13 mins)

Discussion of the history of Berwick City Council with one of its councillors

Recorded by Daniel Fysh, Berwick Secondary College, 1991.

Brian Heatherton - Berwick Lighthorse Association

Interview (10 mins)

Discussion of the Berwick Lighthorse Association with President Brian Heatherton

Recorded by Berwick Secondary student, L. Cunningham, 1991.

Brian Neeve - Narre Warren

Interview (26 mins)

Commentary on the growth of the Narre Warren area.

Recorded by Karen Woolley, Berwick Secondary College, 22/08/1987

Mr Bruce Adamson & Mrs Adamson - Beaconsfield

Interview (26 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Beaconsfield during World War II.

Recorded by Helen Erskine-Behr, Berwick Secondary College, 10/09/1990

Bruce Hatten - Hatten Family & Springfield Homestead (Old Cheese Factory)

Part 1 (31 mins) | Part 2 (32 mins) | Part 3 (35 mins)

Reminiscences of growing up on this historic local property.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 18/10/1995.

 

Bruce Hatten - Old Cheese Factory, Berwick

Part 1 (31 mins) | Part 2 (32 mins)

Discussion of the Old Cheese Factory in Berwick with Bruce Hatten, former resident of the homestead. Heritage Consultant Graham Butler was also present.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, Historical Officer City of Berwick  1/12/1994

Mrs Brundrett  - Narre Warren North

Interview (22 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Narre Warren North during the Great Depression

Recorded by Andrea Palwizat, Berwick Secondary School student on 09/09/1989

Cameron Rocke - Old Cheese Factory

Part 1 (29 mins) | Part 2 (26 mins) | Part 3 (31 mins)

Lecture by Cameron Rocke on the history of the Old Cheese Factory from 1854 - 1900

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 30/6/1994.

 

Catherine Murat - Berwick RSL

Interview (14 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during WWII.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 16/8/1995

Charlie King - Long term resident of Narre Warren North

Interview (13 mins)

Reminiscences of World War II.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 29/08/1995.

City of Berwick Sister City Proclamation Ceremony (with Berwick-upon-Tweed)

Part 1 (19 mins) | Part 2 ( 20 mins)

Recording of live connection with Berwick-upon-Tweed to establish the Sister City relationship.

Recorded on 15/6/1982.

Col Hatfield - Casey Airfield

Interview (9 mins)

Discussion of the history and development of Casey Airfield by its director, Colonel Hatfield.

Recorded by Jacqui Sammons, Berwick Secondary College student in 1989.

Cyril Molyneux - Berwick

Interview (9 mins)

Discussion of urbanisation and the development of housing in post war Berwick with Cyril Molyneux, a long time real estate agent, Councillor, former Mayor and Justice of the Peace.

Recorded by Eliza Terry, Berwick Secondary College, 9/9/1987

 

Cyril Molyneux - City of Berwick

Interview (21 mins)

Discussion of the history of Berwick City Council with one of its councillors

Recorded by Daniel Fysh, Berwick Secondary College, 1991.

Cyril Molyneux - Justice of Peace, Berwick

Interview (20 mins)

Discussion of the role of JPs and how this has changed over time.

Recorded by Diana Dragicevic, Berwick Secondary College on 10/9/1991.

 

David Lee - Councillor for City of Berwick in 1973, in its first year of operation

Part 1 (25 mins) | Part 2 (25 mins)

Reminiscences of the establishment and early days of the City of Berwick Council.

Recorded by Debra Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 26/04/1991.

Dennis Lansbury

Interview (10 mins)

Reminiscences of the Vietnam War.

Recorded by un-named HSC student, Berwick Secondary School.

 

Donald Begg - Upper Beaconsfield

Interview (14 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Upper Beaconsfield during the Great Depression.

Recorded by Meagan Brodie, Berwick Secondary School in 1989.

Doug Smith - Tooradin and Cranbourne 

Part 1 (32 mins) | Part 2 (20 mins)

Reminiscences of the farming and development in the area.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 25/08/1995 .

Matron M. Easton - Berwick Hospital

Interview (7 mins)

Discussion of the history of and changes to the Berwick Hospital.

Recorded by S. De La Rue, Berwick Secondary College, Date est. late '80s to early '90s.

Eileen and Max Sinclair - Hallam

Part 1 (31 mins) | Part 2 (29 mins)

Reminiscences of the growth and development of the Hallam area.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 29/10/1993 .

Eric Chaplin - Upper Beaconsfield RSL

Interview (12 mins)

Discussion of the history of Upper Beaconsfield RSL with long time member and junior vice president.

Recorded by Berwick Secondary College student, Justine Escreet, date est. late 80s, early 90s

George Beecher - Berwick RSL

Interview (17 mins)

Reminiscences of World War II.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 9/08/1995

 

George Chudleigh et al.- City of Berwick

Interviews (19 mins)

Excerpts from interviews with Cnr George Chudleigh and other council staff (including councillors) on the early days of the City of Berwick.

Recording details unknown, date est. late 80s, early 90s

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Mrs Gazzola - Berwick

Interview (10 mins)

Experiences of an Italian migrant living in the Berwick since the 1930's.

Recorded by Luke Prendergast, on 15/9/1990.

George Wilson - Berwick

Interview (30 mins)

Reminiscences of World War II.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 31/07/1995

George Wilson - Berwick (2)

Interview (7 mins)

Discussion of the Berwick Quarry and later development of the area as a public park.

Recorded by unknown student, Berwick Secondary College. Date est. 1986.
 

 

 

Gerda Moritz - Berwick

Interview (7 mins)

Experiences of a German migrant living in the Berwick district.

Recorded by Raelene Schroeders, Berwick Secondary College, 1990.

Gil Buegg - Devon Meadows

Interview (24 mins)

Reminiscences of airforce transport in Papua New Guinea, World War II.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 20/11/1995

Mr Gilbert - Rhythdale Officer Cardinia Football Club

Interview (9 mins)

Discussion of the history of the Rhythdale Football Club

Recorded by Damien Crothers, Berwick Secondary College, 3/9/1991

Miss Glissman - Upper Beaconsfield

Interview (12 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Upper Beaconsfield by an early settler.

Recorded by unknown Berwick Secondary College student, 25/07/1985

Gordon Lowery - Soldier Settlements

Interview (6 mins)

Experiences of life in Soldier Settlements in Narre Warren North

Recorded by Charlotte Chomff, Berwick Secondary College, 1990.

Mrs Grey - Berwick Girl Guides

Interview (6 mins)

Discussion of the history of the Berwick Girl Guides with its former commissioner.

Recorded by Deborah Wilcox, Berwick Secondary College, 1991.

Heather Phiddian - Brechin, Berwick

Interview (10 mins)

Discussion of the historic Brechin homestead and development around Fountain Gate.

Recorded by un-named student, Berwick Secondary College, 27/9/1988.

Horrie Heathcote, Henry Samuel, Mr Hughes, Arnold White - Berwick RSL

Interview (22 mins)

Reminiscences of World War II returned servicemen

Recorded by Debbie Douglas, Berwick Secondary College on 15/09/1990.

Mr Hudson - Upper Beaconsfield

Part 1 (32 mins)Part 2 (12 mins)

Reminiscences of the settlement of Upper Beaconsfield.

Recorded by Allison King, Berwick Secondary School on 09/08/1995

Ian & Dorothy Thomas - Pakenham Gazette

Interview (25 mins)

Discussion of the history of the Pakenham Gazette newspaper, and the changes since it was established in 1909.

Recorded by Michelle Crisafi, Berwick Secondary College on 22/8/1991.

Cr Jan Bateman - City of Berwick

Part 1 (32 mins)Part 2 (12 mins)

Reminiscences of the early days of the City of Berwick.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer 29/08/1994.

Jim Hardy - Dandenong RSL

Interview (18 mins)

Discussion of the history of the Dandenong RSL with its then president.

Recorded by J. Woods, Berwick Secondary College on 27/08/1991

Jeff Marjoram -  Dir. Community Services, City of Berwick

Interview (25 mins)

Reminiscences of community services and social planning in the City of Berwick.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 22/08/1994

Jim Parkes - Beaconsfield

Interview (16 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Beaconsfield during the Great Depression.

Recorded by un-named student, Berwick Secondary Student in 1989.

Jim Richardson - Berwick

Interview (6 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression.

Recorded by Gary Semple, Berwick Secondary College on 1/9/1989

Jim Tonks - Berwick

Interview (10 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression

Recorded by Raelene Wurf, Berwick Secondary College in 1989

Jim Tonks - Berwick Football Club

Interview (28 mins)

Reminiscences of the history of the Berwick Football Club.

Recorded by Jacqui Cooke, Berwick Secondary College, date est. late 80s, early 90s

John Crow - Berwick

Interview (21 mins)

Experiences of a Scottish migrant living in the Berwick district.

Recorded by Raelene Schroeders, 1990.

John Webb - Berwick

Interview (16 mins)

Reminiscences of farming life in Berwick.

Recorded by Kirstie Elber, Berwick Secondary College, 1989

Kathleen Jones - Berwick

Interview (26 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick and Narre Warren North during the 1930s and '40s.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 28/8/1995

 

 

Mrs Kemp & Mr Gamble - Berwick

Interview (12 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression.

Recorded by Kylie Hall, Berwick Secondary College, date - est. late 80s or early 90s

Mrs Kemp - Berwick

Interview (13 mins)

Reminiscences of life in the early days of Berwick

Recorded by Debbie Douglas, Berwick Secondary College, 1990.

Ken Cornell - Berwick RSL

Interview (12 mins)

Reminiscences of the AIF in Greece, the Middle East and New Guinea during World War II

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer, date est 1995.

Ken Dearicott - City of Berwick Information Systems 

Part 1 ( 31 mins) | Part 2 (26 mins)

Reminiscences of the history of the City of Berwick

Information Systems Department during the 1970's 

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 26/8/1994

Ken Dobson - Cranbourne

Part 1 (15 mins) | Part 2 (16 mins)

Reminiscences of the Infantry in the Middle East and the Pacific during World War II

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 19/10/1995

Ken Newitt - Berwick RSL

Part 1 (16 mins) | Part 2 (15 mins)

Reminiscences of the airforces in Europe during World War II

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer, date est. 1995.

Ken Talbot - CFA Dandenong

Part 1 (31 mins)  Part 2 (18 mins)

Ex foreman & Ex board member of the CFA on the history of the Dandenong CFA.

Interviewed by Cheree Powers, Berwick Secondary College, 1991

Les Price - Berwick

Interview (11 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick from a returned serviceman (World War II).

Recorded by Debbie Douglas, Berwick Secondary College on 15/09/1990

Lucy Bailey - Araluen, Narre Warren North

Part 1 (31 mins) | Part 2(23 mins)

Reminiscences of life on the Araluen Homestead in the early days of Narre Warren North.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 27/08/1993

 

 

Lucy Bailey - Araluen, Narre Warren North

Interview (4 mins)

Brief discussion of the Araluen Homestead.

Recorded by Tracy Butler, Berwick Secondary College, 1989.

 

 

Margaret Gardiner - Dandenong Native Police

Interview (16 mins)

Discussion of the history of the Dandenong Native Police from 1835 - 1900 with Margaret Gardiner.

Recorded by Kylie Neave, Berwick Secondary College on 21/09/1990.

 

Mrs Marshall - Berwick

Interview (11 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression.

Recorded by un-named student, Berwick Secondary College, date est. late 80's - early 90's.

Mavis Pratt - Role of women

Interview (5 mins)

Discussion of the role of women during World War II in civilian life.

Recorded by Helen Erskine-Behr, Berwick Secondary College, 1990.

Max Pawsey - City of Berwick

Part 1 (31 mins) | Part 2 (29 mins) | Part 3 (34 mins)

Reminiscences of the Chief Engineer of the City of Berwick

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 10/05/1991

Mercy Greaves & Mrs M. Martin - Berwick

Part 1 (31 mins) | Part 2 (31 mins)

Reminiscences of life in the early days of Berwick from a long time resident

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 01/10/1993

Mike Tyler - City of Berwick Development Services

Interview (31 mins)

Reminiscences of a senior staff member from the City of Berwick Development Services

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 26/8/1994

Mrs Morris -  Berwick - Upper Beaconsfield Red Cross Society

Interview (12 mins)

Discussion of the history of the Red Cross Society, Berwick - Upper Beaconsfield branch.

Recorded by Kerrie Heeremans, Berwick Secondary College, 1991

Mrs MyraThomas - Berwick

Interview (13 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression.

Recorded by Carolyne Bennet, Berwick Secondary College, 1989

Neil Lucas - City of Berwick

Part 1 (31 mins) |Part 2 (28 mins)

Reminiscences of the development of the City of Berwick from its CEO.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 24/8/1994

 

 

Dr Noel Stephenson - Berwick Hospital

Interview (22 mins)

Discussion of the changes to Berwick Nursing Hospital between 1939 - 1980 with its president

Recorded by Sheridan De La Rue, Berwick Secondary College student, date est. late 80's - early 90's.

Mr O'Donohue - Berwick

Interview (18 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression.

Recorded by Gary Semple, Berwick Secondary College, 1989.

 

P Finn - Vietnam

Interview (8 mins)

Reflections on the Vietnam War from a civilian resident.

Recorded by un-named student, Berwick Secondary College, date est. late 80's - early 90's

Pat Sweeney - Narre Warren

Part 1 (19 mins) | Part 2 (20 mins)

Recollections of life in Narre Warren during the 1920's.

Recorded by Rebecca Carland, Berwick Secondary College on 12/09/1990

Peter Cowe - Cranbourne

Interview (26 mins)

Reminiscences of the Infantry in the Middle East and the Pacific during World War II

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 23/10/1995

Peter Tempest - City of Berwick Health Services

Part 1 (31 mins) | Part 2 (5 mins)

Reminiscences of the City of Berwick from the Manager of Health Services

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 22/8/1994

Ray Love - Berwick RSL

Interview (9 mins)

Reminiscences of the airforce in India and Burma during World War II.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer, date est. 1995.

Ray Ratcliffe - Upper Beaconsfield

Interview (31 mins)

Reminiscences of armed forces in New Guineau during World War II

Recorded by unknown student, Berwick Secondary College on 06/09/1990

Ron Chidgey - City of Berwick Technical Services

Interview (31 mins)

Reminiscences of the City of Berwick from the Manager of Technical Services

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 22/8/1994

 

Mrs Ronalds & Mr Denny - Beaconsfield Baptist Church

Interview (29 mins)

Recollections of the history of the Beaconsfield Baptist Church from two long standing members.

Recorded by Natasha McCafferty, Berwick Secondary College on 13/9/1991

Ronnie Clark - Berwick RSL

Interview (3 mins)

Brief reminiscences of World War II.

Recorded by Debbie Douglas, Berwick Secondary College on 11/9/1990.

Ross Currie - City of Berwick

Part 1 (34 mins) | Part 2 (25 mins)

Reminiscences of the City of Berwick from the Deputy Chief Executive/City Engineer

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 22/8/1994

Ruth Simon - Mayoress, City of Berwick

Part 1 (31 mins) | Part 2 (6 mins)

Reminiscences of the City of Berwick from the Mayoress

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer, date est. 1993 - 1994.

Sam Warne - Berwick

Part 1 (28 mins) | Part 2 (31 mins) | Part 3 (31 mins) | Part 4 (31 mins)

Reminiscences of life in early Berwick

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer, date unknown.

 

St Michael's Church - Berwick

Interview (10 mins)

The History of St Michael's Church in Berwick with two long time parishoners.

Recorded by Adam Doherty, Berwick Secondary College, date est late 1980's - early 90's.

 

Stuart Patullo - Lang Lang

Part 1 (31  mins) | Part 2  (18 mins)

Reminiscences of life in early Lang Lang

Recorded by unnamed student, Berwick Secondary College, date est. late '80s to early '90s.

Ted Allen - Cranbourne

Interview (31 mins)

War reminiscences from Infantry and Airforces during World War II

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 30/10/1995

Cr Tom Gyles - City of Berwick

Part 1 (31 mins) |Part 2 (22 mins)

Reminiscences of the history of the City of Berwick since 1975

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Berwick Historical Officer on 30/8/1994

Tooradin & Koo Wee Rup

Part 1 (31 mins) | Part 2 (28 mins) | Part 3 (22 mins)

Interviews with various residents from Tooradin & Koo Wee Rup.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer on 12/09/1995.

Mrs Trewin - Narre Warren

Interview (6 mins)

Reminiscences of the life during the Great Depression. Note: Mr Trewin segment of interview is missing from the original tape.

Recorded by Tracy Butler, Berwick Secondary College on 18/8/1989.

Vivian Campbell - Piney Ridge, Endeavour Hills

Interview (24 mins)

Reminiscences of the Piney Ridge farm property from its manager.

Recorded by Debbie Stephan, City of Casey Historical Officer, date est. 1995.

Mrs Yates (nee Neits) - Berwick

Interview (18 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression.

Interviewed by Scott Hall, Berwick Secondary College, 1989

Mrs Yates (nee Neits) - Berwick

Interview (7 mins)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression.

Recorded by Kelly Vincent, Berwick Secondary College on 27/9/1989.

Other Local History Recordings:

Hands on History: a Walking Tour of Berwick's HIstory

Audio

Produced by the City of Casey with support from the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation, this recording was designed to be used in conjunction with a printed map titled 'hands on history: a walking tour of Berwick's History'.

South Eastern Radio Test Transmission

Part 1 (30 mins) | Part 2 (30 mins)

Includes chat with guests from the City of Berwick: Senior Design Engineer Ron Chidgey and City Planner John McCaffrey

Test Transmission for South Eastern Radio, transmitted from Fountain Gate Shopping Centre in June 1987