Voices from the Camps

Mrs. Mackay, by Bill Meek (1987)



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00.00:00 Well, it was more or less the same as now. People . . . all the people hadn't got cars in them times but we had drivers with horses, and we used to go out and visit our neighbours and things like that.
00.17:36 – Was it a lonely life? – No, it wasn't a lonely life because there were a lot of people in the camp, in the country. It was populated - not like now. Now it's not populated. The most of the people has come in to live to the towns. But in that time an awful lot of people, especially Irish people, lived the most out in the country.
00.40:75 – And were there long distances between the different houses in the camp? – No, not very long distances. – Your neighbours were close by? – Yes, yes close, we had close neighbours. – And were you from a very big family? – Oh yes, yes, we were twelve.
01.01:10 – And did all the men work the land? – Yes, yes, we worked the land all. Until . . . and then they all began to get married and go away one and another, so . . . but still the land is there, the most of it.
01.18:68 – What sort of work did they do in the land? – Well, they tilled, sowed flax and sowed … este … maize and sowed … este … wheat also, and then with cattle and sheep also. – Did most people have flax and maize, or was that unusual? – Yes, the most of the people had.
01.45:11 – And was the flax then turned into linen? – No, they sold it, the seed of it - sell the seed of it. – What sort of things did you do to enjoy yourselves? – Oh, go to the neighbours' houses to dance . . . the most of the time.


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