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It's Doherty and I'm Free

Arthur George Doherty (1914-?)

There are some things in your life you will never ever forget, and one of them is Lifebuoy soap – that’s carbolic – you wash on a cold frosty morning outside the camp, you wash yourself and it’s got a smell of its own. The other thing is horse manure… If you are pulling on to a skidway, a muddy sassafras skidway, with the bark coming off it… and the horses start to plonk through the icy mud and the smell rises … a beautiful earthy smell, and they are the sort of things that if I live to be ninety, will still come back to me… and I suppose there are a lot of people that never had the privilege of smelling that sort of thing.
- From 1982 interview with grandson Arthur Doherty, in Richard Flanagan’s A Terrible Beauty (1985)

Arthur Doherty the third son of Harry and grandson of ex-convict piner Tom Doherty, worked in the Gordon from an early age.
Arthur Doherty the third son of Harry and grandson of ex-convict piner Tom Doherty, worked in the Gordon from an early age.

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