“Oral history groups from around the South-West met in Busselton on Friday for the first time since 1995 and were treated to a presentation from former ABC broadcaster and historian Bill Bunbury. Mr Bunbury played snippets of interviews he conducted during the preparation of his book Invisible Country and discussed the importance of belonging to land.” For full story click here.
A former broadcaster, Mr Bill Bunbury presented an oral history program for many years on ABC Radio National. He came to the conclusion that people and place are one and the same. "Social history is environmental history," Mr Bunbury said. In the 1980s, while working on a social history program about the life of foresters before mechanisation, Mr Bunbury was struck by the deep reverence these men had for the forest, which provided their livelihood. "They felt the forest had a beauty that they wanted to preserve. I learned more and more that farmers have the same feeling. We valued land, but we hadn't learned all its lessons." Mr Bunbury's book is Invisible Country. For full story click here.