Newtown Oral Histories

Below are a selection of excerpts from oral history interviews with residents of the Newtown area recorded in 1994 & 1995 for the South Sydney Oral History Project. The interviews were conducted by Dr Sue Rosen of Heritage Assessment and History (HAAH). 

See also Sue Rosen's book We Never Had a Hotbed of Crime, life in twentieth-century South Sydney, a social history based on extensive interviews with seventy South Sydney residents for the South Sydney Oral History Project. Signed copies are available for purchase from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , you can also purchase copies from  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or loan a copy from the City of Sydney Libraries

City Oral Historian Margo Beasley has edited the sound files, click on the links to listen to the audio or read the transcripts

Les Cross talking about church social activities

Zena Sachs on the end of WW1

Keith Mulhearn about maypole and other dancing 

Frank Altoft taking about dances, cinemas and theatres. The full interview with Sue Rosen and a transcript is available at  

Brendan Doyle's poem Newtown Boy

Loretto Thurgood talking about the shops on King Street.

Jean Hendy talking about her uncle's garden

Two excerpts of Grace Schwebel's recollections of early 20th century Newtown

 

The Sydney Oral Histories site, curated by the City of Sydney's History Unit, captures and shares the experiences of people from all walks of life within the City of Sydney. Listen to excerpts or full interviews, and read full transcrips of Sue Rosen's interviews with Newtown area residents  Kate Dunbar and Henry Brown, you can also hear more from Frank Altoft and Loretto Thurgood.