Derek Lawson


November 1930, at home, Swain Hill Crescent, Yeadon.


Yeadon up to Emigrating to Western Australia in 1967

Date of Interview

3rd December 2020

“Yes, it’s fine to put Dad’s interview on the Back-Chat site”

Julie Martin (Daughter) 14th October 2021

Derek Lawson is a down-to-earth man who was 90 years old when I interviewed him by Skype at his home in Albany, Western Australia. As you would imagine at his age, Derek has lived a full life with plenty of ups and downs. He is the youngest of a family of seven children, sadly all of his sisters and his brother have now passed away.

Derek was a Sammy Ledgard bus driver and when in Australia worked for the local council. We talk about care for the elderly in Australia, Coronavirus in his part of Australia, South View School and Christmases as a child.

Derek has advice for people thinking of emigrating to Australia.


Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

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You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.
Early Life – Yeadon01.55
Coronavirus In Western Australia02.10
Parents – Bob Lawson – Born 1893 – (Banksfield Mill – Royal Navy Stoker) – Mary Lofthouse (Maid)06.35
Family Life – All Deceased – 1 Brother & 5 Sisters11.00
Early Life – Yeadon12.00
Emigration To Australia13.00
Care For The Elderly In Western Australia14.45
South View School – Yeadon16.10
Ambitions – Mill Worker17.45
Holidays – Blackpool – Morecambe20.30
Married Life – Mavis Elliott – Honeymoon In Land’s End21.20
Children – Glenn (Died Of Cancer) – Julie22.00
Working Life – Weaver – National Service – Bus driver – Local Council Worker (Australia)24.30
Hobby Farm – Goats – Chickens And Horses28.45
Advice On Emigration31.30


Please take into consideration when listening to these interviews that the meaning of language changes over time and that interviewees have not intended to cause offence by anything said which now may be thought to be unacceptable.

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