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Interview with Melva Guyatt
Title : Interview with Melva Guyatt Interview with Melva Guyatt
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Creator : Guyatt, Melva
Source : A Place of Their Own: Oral Histories concerning War Service Land Settlement at Loxton after the Second World War, OH 550/6
Date of creation : 1996
Additional Creator : George, Karen
Format : Oral History
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Melva Guyatt enlisted in the army and served as a nurse in Bougainville during World War II. Her husband, Len, served in the Royal Navy during and after the War. Melva learned of the soldier settlement scheme in the Riverland on her return to South Australia and she and Len applied for the scheme, seeking a quiet life in the country as Len had been badly affected by his experiences in the War. In the excerpts presented here, Melva discusses her work in Adelaide, the way in which the War affected Len and applying for the soldier settlement scheme. She also speaks about choosing their property, their allowance from the Department of Lands and the interaction between the settlers and the existing population of Loxton.

Period : 1939-1945,1946-1979
Region : Riverland and Murraylands
Further reading :

George, Karen. A place of their own : the men and women of war service land settlement at Loxton after the Second World War, Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 1999

Weir, Judith. We will remember Cooltong 1950-1995, [Berri, S. Aust. : Cooltong Reunion Committee, 1995]



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