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Fallbrook Farm Heritage Site
Oral Histories - Individuals being interviewed


Ballinafad district oral history interview project, May - September 2009.

FROM 1832 ON TO 2000.
Interviews by some 15? Settler families
Based on 25 prepared questions the same for each. Interview
Here are links to these Interviews completed in 2009.

1. Wellington Museum- Elora –original disks available on site
Contents: The interviews are a part of this collection:
https://wcma.pastperfectonline.com/archive/988374DE-CC97-44C2-9B09-190093377112

2. Electric Scotland
a) Contents: all interviews; click here
https://www.electricscotland.com/history/canada/fallbrook62.htm

(b) Supplement: General History as written in support of project to renovate a 100 year old log cabin on Fallbrook farm. By Sandy McKay
https://www.electricscotland.com/history/canada/fallingbrook.htm
or Google Fallbrook Farm Heritage Site

contacts:
Sandy James McKay sjmckay49@gmail.com
Jim Kirkwood Kirkwood@web.ca

List of participants included: 
Dorothy Allen (nee Warne); Kathryn Bailey; Helen Brown (nee McLean); Don Brown; Eileen Burt; Doris Ellis; Emerson Clark; Reg French; Wayne Gates; Robert Kerr; David Kentner; Jean King; Ada Kirkwood (nee Thompson); Alan Kirkwood; James A. Kirkwood; Jean Lawr; Marilyn Linstead (nee Madill); Eileen McEnery; Anne McIntyre (nee Shortill); Sandy James McKay; William Milton McKay; Donna Metcalf (nee Shortill); Howard Roszel; Anne Roszel; Rachel Schwan (nee McKay); Ross Shortill; Viola Shortill; Alan Sinclair; Nancy Sinclair
Alma Sinclair; Annie Smith; Evelyn Snow; Clarence (Bud) Snow; Lynn Swindlehurst (nee Wilson).

Series 1: Questions for the interviewees, 4 August 2009. [MU 1370]
File 1: Includes a questionnaire and guidelines for those preparing interviews. 
Personal Family Information:
1.What is your name? Your parents names? Your grandparents names?

2.What is your age?

3.Where do you live now?

4.When did your family settle in or near this Ballinafad community? As pioneers?

5.Do you have relatives still in the area?

6.How did your family make a living after they settled here? (on the farm or otherwise) Are any still farming? what generation was first to move off the farm? 

7.Where did your family come from before moving into this community? 

8.What nationality do you consider yourself? (ie Canadian, Scottish, first nations mixture ) Was this community predominantly Scottish, originally? Today?

9.What church, if any, did your family go to ? was the community largely Protestant? Catholic? No church?

10.What do you know about the Sandy McKay family, or Fallbrook Farm? 

11.Did you ever hear of any First Nations village in this area, or artifacts?

Your in-laws:
12.Are you married? Into which family? When?

13.Did your spouse's family live in the Ballinafad area as well? If so, when did they come here?

14.Where and how did you meet your husband or wife? 

Children:
15.Do you have any children? What are there ages? Grandchildren?

16.Are they settled down in the Ballinafad area? Elsewhere? If they left, can you explain why?

17.What work do they do now?

Community:
18.Ballinafad was a farming community; what kinds of farming were there? What businesses were here over the years? What were the main social activities? School? Community hall? House parties? Sports games or teams?

19a.Has the church been an important part of the community over the generations? Were your family active in it?

19b. Overall, what did you like best about life in this community? The least? 

20. What would you say was the hardest part of living in this area?

21. Do you have any funny stories about life in this community? Who were some of the amusing characters? What about memorable stories?

22. What do you think the reasons were for families leaving the community?

23. Why have so many new people come to live here? How do they help the community? Do you find them easy to get to know ?

24. How do you think the community could be improved?

25. What have you contributed to this community? How has this community changed or enriched your life? 

Series 2: Discs with oral history interviews, 2009. List of people providing interviews included: 

Disc 1:
- Photographs of Shortill family bible

- Reg French interview (16 minutes)
- Marilyn Linstead interview (25.54 minutes)
- Robert Kerr interview (13 plus 15:19 = 25.29 minutes)
- Emerson Clark interview (33.40 minutes)

Disc 2: 
- Viola Shortill interview in Fergus (41 minutes)
- Jean Lawr interview (10:59 plus 15 = 25:29 minutes)

Disc 3: 
- Eileen McEnery interview (22.56 minutes)
- Viola Shortill and Donna Metcalf (nee Shortill) (46 minutes)
- Jean McEnery (13 minutes)
- Dorothy Allen (nee Warne) (32 minutes)

Disc 4:
- Alma McEnery Sinclair and Kathryn Bailey (37:11 minutes)
- Anne McIntyre (31:30 minutes)

Disc 5: 
- Wilma Sinclair (48 minutes)

Disc 6: (39:22 minutes) CONFIDENTIAL
- Annie Smiths (Gates / Snow)
- Wayne Gates
- Betty Snow (nee McCaskill)
- Leonard Edward "Bud" Snow and Eveyln McCaig Snow

Disc 7: 
- Jim Kirkwood (53:54 minutes)

Disc 8: 
- Sandy McKay for Rachel Schwann (54:56 minutes)

Disc 9: 
- Ada Kirkwood (nee Thompson) (38:50 minutes)
- Eileen Burt and Doris Ella (daughter) (29:15 minutes)
- Wayne Gates (26:27 minutes) CONFIDENTIAL
- David Kentner (33:38 minutes)
- William McKay (27:13 minutes)
- Donald and Helen Brown (nee McLean) (44:37 minutes)
- Howard and Anne Roszel (23:36 minutes)
- Alan and Nancy Sinclair (46:28 minutes)
- Lynne Wilson (nee Swindlehurst) (25:02 minutes)

Disc 10:
- Conversation of early days of Sinclair family between Rachel Schwann, Alan and Nancy Sinclair and Sandy McKay - no direct reference to the twenty-four interview questions.

Interviews on YouTube

Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 5 - 1 Wilma Sinclair
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 5 - 2
Wilma Sinclair
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 5 - 2
Wilma Sinclair
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 6 - 1 Annie Smiths (Gates / Snow)
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 6 - 2 Annie Smiths (Gates / Snow)
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 6 - 3 Annie Smiths (Gates / Snow)
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 6 - 4 Annie Smiths (Gates / Snow)
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 7 - 1 James Alexander Kirkwood
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 7 - 2 James Alexander Kirkwood
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 7 - 3 James Alexander Kirkwood
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 7 - 4 James Alexander Kirkwood
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 8 - 1 Sandy McKay
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 8 - 2 Sandy McKay
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 8 - 3 Sandy McKay
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 10b - 2 Jim Kirkwood
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 10b - 3 Jim Kirkwood
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 10b - 4 Jim Kirkwood
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 10b - 5 Jim Kirkwood
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 10b - 6 Jim Kirkwood
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 12 - 1 Alan Donald Kirkland
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 12 - 2 Alan Donald Kirkland
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 12 - 3 Alan Donald Kirkland
Fallbrook Oral History Project Disk 12 - 4 Alan Donald Kirkland

Disk 1/4
Interview 1
Reg French
Interview 2 Marilyn Linstead
Interview 4 Robert Kerr
Interview 5 Robert Kerr

Disk 2/4
Interview 1 Emma Agnus McHenry
Interview 2 Viola Shortill and Donna Metcalf
Interview 3 Jean Elizabeth Lawr Part 1

Interview 4 Jean Elizabeth Lawr Part 2
Interview 5 Eileen McEnery

Disk 3/4
Interview 1 Viola Shortill and Donna Metcalf
Interview 2 June King
Interview 3 Georgie Allan

Disk 4/4
Interview 1 Elma McEnrey
Interview 2 Anne McIntyre

MP3 Interview Audio Files

Disk 12
Kirkwood 39:32
Burt 29:15
Gates 26:27
Kentner 33:38

MacKay 27:13
MacLean Brown 44:37
Roszel 23:36
Sinclair, Alan & Nancy 46:25
Wilson 25:02

Aunt Rachel Schwan & Alan & Nancy Sinclair (1/2) 1:19:45
Aunt Rachel Schwan & Alan & Nancy Sinclair (2/2) 31:23


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