Tape 292A Sam Unwin, years 1908-1940. Recorded 28 November 1978. Part 1/2
Sam Unwin (father)
Mother's maiden name was "Laffy" (mother), from Ireland from County Galway
2 brothers. Les Unwin (brother) the eldest. Was a doctor. Youngest brother died at 17.
Born Burren Junction, 1903
Father worked on railways. Recalls.
Tom "Doyle" worked with Father on railways.
Mother's full name mentioned - Bridget Laffy. Tom Doyle married Bridget Laffy's older sister (Aunt).
Bill Wyborn, Jack "Jackie" Moran, Jack "Jackie"
Tremain, Tom Donaghue. All finished up living in Cessnock. Worked with father.
Railway at Kurri.
Moved to Cessnock 1908.
Recalls Sister Mary Vincent and Mary Alphonsus.
4 to 6 nuns. 100 school students.
Recalls Vince O'Neill, Phonse O'Neill, Mona O'Neill, Des O'Neill.
Married Jack Roarty's niece.
Ella Roarty (wife) was an Irish girl. East Maitland.
Recalls meeting wife at the dances with Fred "Freddie" Cush.
Recalls Frank Master.
Recalls biggest win - horse "Smiler" or "Smiley" - Zetland Stakes, Sydney.
Cessnock racecourse, location of original racecourse.
Sol Ridley and Bob McFarlane, 1924/1925.
Sam Unwin's family - had 3 girls and 1 boy. June Unwin (eldest daughter), lives in Cessnock, married name "Bowden". Married Ken Bowden's nephew. Denise Unwin (daughter) lives in Sydney. Lesley Unwin (daughter). Anthony Unwin (son) lives in Western Australia.
Spent most of life in Cessnock. However he did live for a time in North Queensland. Recalls this time. Cooktown. Spent time as a bricklayer in Bellbird Pit.
Recalls Jim "Jimmy" Mathieson
Recalls policeman at Bellbird, last name Thompson.
Rothbury marches. Recalls being part of it.
Mentions Paddy Boyle, Tom Boyle, Nellie, Essie and Joyce Boyle. Recalls marriages.
Recalls "Priest's Paddock" and pine trees.
Looks at some early maps and photos (from around the time Sam was a young child). Convent school and old houses/buildings. Regent Street. Stollery's bike shop.
Recalls "Long" Jack Hartcher, Billy Hartcher and Millie Thompson, nee Hartcher.
King Street, Presbyterian church. Tries to recall houses and who lived there.
End of tape 292A
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