Jim Powell

Jim Powell has had an eventful life. During his time as a firefighter, he was heavily involved in tragedies such as the Christmas Day bushfires and the Waterfall train disaster. He also talks about his childhood memories of Helensburgh and his mother Rona teaching children evacuated from Croker Island during WWII. Jim was a member of the Helensburgh Conservation Society, which was instrumental in saving the Garrawarra State Conservation Area from development. 

Listen to Jim’s Interviews

[Part One] with interviewer Edie Swift:

[Part Two] with interviewer Edie Swift:

[Part Three] with interviewer Stuart Traynor:

Jim’s audio interviews can be downloaded here: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

Jim’s interview transcript: Part One


Helensburgh – Family History – Bushfires – Firefighters – Surf Life Saving – Croker Island Aboriginal Children – Garrawarra – Helensburgh Conservation Society

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Jim Powell’s Interview Transcript – Part 2
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Jim’s Photo Album

More photographs of Aboriginal children from Croker Island at Otford (1943-1946) can be viewed in the library catalogue here.