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 involved in Helensburgh Conservation Society which was instrumental in saving the Garrawarra State Conservation Area from development.
Listen to Jim’s Interviews
[Part 1] with interviewer Edie Swift
[Part 2] with interviewer Edie Swift
[Part 3] With interviewer Stuart Traynor
Helensburgh – Family History – Bushfires – Firefighters – Surf Life Saving – Croker Island Aboriginal children- Garrawarra- Helensburgh Conservation Society
Jim’s completed interview transcripts: Part 1.
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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.