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dc.creatorMark Mulhern
dc.creatorCaroline Milligan
dc.date2015-04-07
dc.date2015-02-19
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-13T08:40:46Z
dc.date.available2021-04-13T08:40:46Z
dc.identifierDG11/3/1/1
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12734/53146
dc.descriptionAudio track for video recordings DG11/3/3/1 and DG11/3/3/2 which were made with Donnie Nelson, Chairman, Stranraer and District Local History Trust (SDLHT), Mark Mulhern and Caroline Milligan about the forthcoming Regional Flashback, Stranraer and District Lives: Voices in Trust (published 2017) and the proposal that Donnie would contribute photographs and narratives for a chapter in the book which would showcase his photographic archive.
dc.descriptionVideo (track 1 of 4) During this session, Donnie talks Mark and Caroline through some the images in his extensive photographic collection. This was with regard to the proposal that Donnie would contribute photographs and narratives for a chapter in the regional flashback. At the beginning of the interview, Donnie talks about his long association with the local operatic society. He also talks about William Kerr, a local chemist and photographer. After the family business, which had opened in 1863, was closed Donnie was given the glass plate slides which had been made by William Kerr during his lifetime. During the session, Donnie tells several stories, mainly relating to the World War 2 period. This includes an anecdote about the first plane to land in Wigtownshire - a BE2 aircraft piloted by Captain Dawes. Donnie also recalls life in Stranraer during World War 2 developments, particularly the US presence and developments at East Freugh, Wig Bay and Lochnaw castle. Towards the end of this track, Donnie talks about doing his National Service.
dc.descriptionVideo (track 1 of 2) of the discussion with Donnie Nelson, Mark Mulhern and Caroline Milligan. The discussion is wide-ranging and covers: the Scots language, how the SDLHT came into being and the society's oral history archive. Towards the end of the interview, Donnie talks about his apprenticeship as a printer with Moodie's and his work at the Free Press, where he initiated the tremendously successful 'A Peek at the Past' photographic column.
dc.descriptionVideo (track 2 of 2) Most of this interview is concerned with looking through images from Donnie's archive. Towards the end of the session, the conversation turns to local ghost stories. Donnie recalls a tale of the jubilee ghost who was often held responsible for doors being left open. It was said this ghost was a sea captain who was opening the doors in search of 3 of his crew who had been lost at sea. Another ghost said to leave doors open was said to be a murdered rent collector. He was known as the Backrampart ghost. Around 1921, the Free Press carried a story about the police having to break up a crowd who'd gathered to see the ghost. Subsequently, the police reported that they were sure the ghost would not be seen again, although no further explanation was given. Donnie recalled that he learned many years later, from the perpetrator himself, that the solution to the mystery was a man called Alfie, who admitted to him that an old cinema camera flicked about in the dark could give some amazing results!
dc.descriptionVideo (track 4 of 4) In this short, final track, Donnie relates a final anecdote about Crash Corvin and the Marquess of Hartington. This story was subsequently included in Donnie's chapter in Stranraer and District Lives: Voices in Trust. Just before finishing the interview, Donnie talks about reading some of his stories, and the Free Press, for the local Talking Newspaper service.
dc.descriptionVideo (track 2 of 4) In this second track, Donnie talks, who was 7 when World War 2 began, talks about the impact of the War on school-life. Most of the photographs discussed in this session relate to the RAF and Stranraer during World War 2. A number of the images discussed were used in the subsequent flashback and Donnie finishes by telling anecdotes about Crash Corvin and the Marquess of Hartington. This story was subsequently included in Donnie's chapter in Stranraer and District Lives: Voices in Trust.
dc.descriptionVideo (track 3 of 4) In this short track, Donnie recalls a sad experience from his childhood when, in 1946, he and 4 friends set off to walk to Cairnryan where they had heard the army were giving away dinghies. On the way, the boys decided to climb Craigcaffie, an area which had been closed off during the War. They stopped at a military ruin and were messing about throwing objects over a war, when one of them exploded. Unfortunately, this led to the death of one of the boys.
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dc.format.extent40m24s
dc.format.extent1h5m59s
dc.format.extent40m12s
dc.format.extent4m25s
dc.format.extent12m22s
dc.relationDonnie Nelson was interviewed on 2 occasions by Mark Mulhern and Caroline Milligan. February 19 2015 and April 07 2015. The February interview is represented in 3 parts (DG11/3/1/1, DG11/3/3/1 and DG11/3/3/2) and the April interview in 2 parts (DG11/3/3/3, DG11/3/3/4, DG11/3/3/5 and DG11//3/3/6).
dc.subjectWig bay
dc.subjectBackrampart (stranraer)
dc.subjectStorytelling
dc.subjectFieldwork
dc.subjectEast freugh
dc.subjectLochnaw castle
dc.subjectSupernatural
dc.subjectChildhood
dc.subjectWorking life
dc.subjectHistory
dc.subjectRecreation
dc.subjectCairnryan
dc.subjectEthnology
dc.subjectCastle kennedy
dc.subjectOral history
dc.subjectWorld war 1
dc.subjectAgriculture
dc.subjectDomestic life
dc.subjectPhotography
dc.subjectCommunity
dc.subjectArts and crafts
dc.subjectJubilee cottages (stranraer)
dc.subjectSport
dc.subjectLanguage
dc.subjectTales and anecdotes
dc.subjectCraigcaffie
dc.subjectWorking life
dc.subjectAudio recordings
dc.subjectNational service
dc.subjectFieldwork practice
dc.subjectWorld war 2
dc.subjectWest freugh
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectMovement
dc.subjectCorsewall
dc.subjectCustom and belief
dc.subjectSocial history
dc.subjectWar
dc.subjectMaterial culture
dc.subjectStranraer
dc.subjectShops and businesses
dc.subjectLifecycle
dc.subjectBiography
dc.subjectTravel and transport
dc.subjectWhithorn
dc.subjectHealth
dc.titleDG11-3 Interviews of Donnie Nelson
dc.typeAudio
dc.typeVideo
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