I am very pleased to say that the West Yorkshire Archive service have accepted the Back-Chat Collection interviews into their permanent archives thus ensuring their accessibility to the public for many generations to come.

You can hear this interview by simply clicking the West Yorkshire Archive Link where you will find all of the Back-Chat Collection interviews listed in alphabetical order along with captioned photographs.

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John Wheatley


May 1948


Grew up in Guiseley now lives in Rockingham, Western Australia

Date of Interview

5th April 2020

“Thanks for asking and yes I don’t have a problem with our interview been included”

John Wheatley

John Wheatley is a Guiseley lad who emigrated to Western Australia. John talks about family life and childhood in Guiseley and the Coronavirus and bush fires in Australia. John was diagnosed with cancer and talks about his journey and treatment. It is interesting to see how a lad from Guiseley has settled into being an Australian citizen in his new home. He gives a surprising piece of advice for couples and families who are thinking of emigrating to Australia.

Have a listen, you will enjoy this.

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

Sound Engineer David Myers

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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.
Coronavirus in Australia
Weather in Australia
Bush Fires (Australia)
Australia v Guiseley
Early life, Moor Lane Farm, Guiseley
Family Life, Guiseley
Guiseley Infants & Guiseley Secondary Modern
Australian Citizenship
Marriage & Honeymoon in Bournemouth
Working Life, Cargo Handler Yeadon Airport & Australia
Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment
Working Life UK v Australia  
Hobbies, Photography, Birds & Aircraft
History & Genealogy
Emigrating Advice


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.

Recording this social history, chatting to different people about a whole host of subjects has been a real pleasure, such an interesting and I think worthwhile project for people to listen to both now and in years to come.

Thank you for visiting this website.

Carlo Harrison