Bowling, Frank (1 of 34).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2001-03-30, 2001-04-16, 2001-04-22, 2007-02-14, 2007-02-24, 2007-03-03, 2007-03-09, 2007-03-25, 2007-03-31

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Bowling, Frank, 1936- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Gooding, Mel, 1941- (speaker, male)

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    Part 1: Tape 1: Side A: Frank Bowling [FB] born Bartica Essequibo in British Guyana 26 February 1934. 3 counties of British Guyana and origin of place names. . His family from Berbice; significance of location of Bartica. His 2 conflicting birth dates. Father’s profession as policeman; security of job. Details his tour of duty; births of FB and siblings in different counties, explained. Details father’s return to Berbice and promotions. Father’s family background. Father’s father on his deathbed; his 3 sons and 1 daughter. Details commercial training of FB’s father and a brother both joining local police force. Details white officer class. Father’s role as paymaster in Berbice. Explains term ‘local white’. Father’s duties. Any connection with commerce precluded. Father’s wife’s businesses. Cessation of father’s promotions. Portuguese and Syrian traders. Family’s Anglican religious background. FB wanted to be a Catholic, explains. Father’s personality and relationship with FB. Reactions of young people to war in Europe. Details FB’s tumultuous childhood. FB’s friends allowed to live in bush; prospecting, surveying, etc. Guyana as South American country compared with Jamaica or Trinidad.

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