John Wheatley


May 1948


Grew up in Guiseley now lives in Rockingham, Western Australia

Date of Interview

5th April 2020

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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 Australia01.50
Weather in Australia04.20
Bush Fires (Australia) 14.14 
Australia v Guiseley 16.08
Early life, Moor Lane Farm, Guiseley 21.20
Family Life, Guiseley 23.50
Guiseley Infants & Guiseley Secondary Modern 25.03
Australian Citizenship 26.55
Marriage & Honeymoon in Bournemouth 28.54
Working Life, Cargo Handler Yeadon Airport & Australia29.30
Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment 33.00
Working Life UK v Australia  39.13
Hobbies, Photography, Birds & Aircraft40.02
History & Genealogy42.57
Emigrating Advice50.31


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Carlo Harrison