Thursday, 15 March 2012

March Oral History Morning - Ernest Cripps

This month's Oral History Morning will be held in
the Geraldton Regional Library on Wednesday 21 March at 10 am.

The guest interviewee is Ernest (Ernie) Cripps.
Ernie grew up on Mumby Farm, north of Northampton. He was a
member of a large family and his early education took place at
home under the Assisted Teacher Scheme. He then attended St
Patrick’s College.
In 1942 his class was evacuated to Tardun Agricultural School.
Back on Mumby, Ernie was engaged in the wide range of farming
activities. He later established, with his wife Barbara, Barellan
Farm in the Ogilvie district. Their son, Bradley now runs Barellan.
Two other sons, Terry and Michael run Wepowie Farm and Gabyon Station.

Before we start with the Oral History Morning, City Librarian Susan Smith  will briefly talk about one of the 2012 Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival guests, Ian Parkes. Ian Parkes describes his early life spent working on sheep and cattle stations in the Murchison District as well as Mt Augustus in his forthcoming memoir – A Youth Not Wasted.

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