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Interview of Beamish, Dick
Date: 1970   Location: SWCC : AUD/388
Recorded memoirs of Dick Beamish. Includes a discussion of collieries in the area; effect of shareholders and National Coal Board take overs; profit converted into loss; his family background; first working underground at the age of 14; living in lodgings, and bathing in front of the fire; custom of carrying an injured miner back to his house; working methods and the use of explosives; role of the checkweigher; work load of miners wives; clothing worn to work; impact of foreign workforces; his army service during World War I; his education; his interest and involvement with the Independent Labour Party and the Communist Party; his attitudes to sexuality and morality; the food eaten by mining families; and his general opinions on socialism, communism and economics





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