Oral Histories

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Interviewer: Sue Rosen

Length: 7120 words

Date: May 1992

Dick Nixon was 73 years old when interviewed and had lived near the Nepean his entire life. He wandered the banks as a school boy and later worked in the] Dairy Farmers Milk Company, who's factory was the first building in the area that floodwaters enter, and the last building that they leave. He has an excellent memory of the river and the riverine environment and the changes he observed over his lifetime.

"We used to go fishing for fish, sprats, perch, things like that, [and] eels … I have recollections of platypus being in the area of the river where Narellan Creek joins the river at about the point where Camden Weir is; and the platypus were in the creek, or used to be in the creek, not in the river - if you understand what I mean - but that (was] the last time, 1928, (or] 1930, or something like that period. I haven't seen the platypus since."

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