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Oral Histories – Berwick

Alice Barker – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in the early days of Berwick, specifically in relation to education. (20 mins)

Recorded by the Berwick Mechanics Institute, date unknown.


Alice Barker – Berwick (2)

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during World War II. (20 mins)

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


Alice Barker & Violet Facey

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

Part 1 (31 mins)

Part 2 (31 mins)

Part 3 (31 mins)

Part 4 (31 mins)

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


Allan Funston – Farmer and Berwick Cemetery Trustee

Reminiscences of Berwick during the Depression and World War II.

Part 1 (30 mins)

Part 2 (18 mins)

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


Cameron Rocke – Old Cheese Factory

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

Part 1 (29 mins)

Part 2 (26 mins)

Part 3 (31 mins)

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


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

Reminiscences of growing up on this historic local property.

Part 1 (31 mins)

Part 2 (32 mins)

Part 3 – (35 mins)

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


Bruce Hatten – Old Cheese Factory, Berwick

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

Part 1 (31 mins)

Part 2 (32 mins)

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


Catherine Murat – Berwick RSL

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during WWII. (14 mins)

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


Cyril Molyneux – Berwick

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. (9 mins)

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


Mrs Gazzola – Berwick

Experiences of an Italian migrant living in the Berwick since the 1930’s. (10 mins)

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


Gerda Moritz – Berwick

Experiences of a German migrant living in the Berwick district. (7 mins)

Recorded by Raelene Schroeders, Berwick Secondary College, 1990.


Jim Richardson – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression. (6 mins)

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


Jim Tonks – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression. (10 mins)

Recorded by Raelene Wurf, Berwick Secondary College in 1989


John Crow – Berwick

Experiences of a Scottish migrant living in the Berwick district. (21 mins)

Recorded by Raelene Schroeders, 1990.


John Webb – Berwick

Reminiscences of farming life in Berwick. (16 mins)

Recorded by Kirstie Elber, Berwick Secondary College, 1989


Kathleen Jones – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in Berwick and Narre Warren North during the 1930s and ’40s. (26 mins)

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


Mrs Kemp & Mr Gamble – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression. (12 mins)

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


Mrs Kemp – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in the early days of Berwick. (13 mins)

Recorded by Debbie Douglas, Berwick Secondary College, 1990.


Mrs Marshall – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression. (11 mins)

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


Les Price – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in Berwick from a returned serviceman (World War II) – (11 mins)

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


Mercy Greaves & Mrs M. Martin – Berwick

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

Part 1 (31 mins)

Part 2 (31 mins)

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


Mrs MyraThomas – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression. (13 mins)

Recorded by Carolyne Bennet, Berwick Secondary College, 1989


Mr O’Donohue – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression. (18 mins)

Recorded by Gary Semple, Berwick Secondary College, 1989.


Sam Warne – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in early Berwick

Part 1 (28 mins)

Part 2 (31 mins)

Part 3 (31 mins)

Part 4 (31 mins)

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


Mrs Yates (nee Neits) – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression. (18 mins)

Interviewed by Scott Hall, Berwick Secondary College, 1989


Mrs Yates (nee Neits) – Berwick

Reminiscences of life in Berwick during the Great Depression. (7 mins)

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


Hands on History: a Walking Tour of Berwick’s History

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