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
Early Life – Yeadon
Coronavirus In Western Australia
Parents – Bob Lawson – Born 1893 – (Banksfield Mill – Royal Navy Stoker) – Mary Lofthouse (Maid)
Family Life – All Deceased – 1 Brother & 5 Sisters
Early Life – Yeadon
Emigration To Australia
Care For The Elderly In Western Australia
South View School – Yeadon
Ambitions – Mill Worker
Holidays – Blackpool – Morecambe
Married Life – Mavis Elliott – Honeymoon In Land’s End
Children – Glenn (Died Of Cancer) – Julie
Working Life – Weaver – National Service – Bus driver – Local Council Worker (Australia)
Hobby Farm – Goats – Chickens And Horses
Advice On Emigration
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