Dates: 1970s

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2017.8.1

Softback book ‘No Shame in Fear’ by Alex C. MacLean, 2016. Alex C. Maclean was born on the Isle of Tiree in 1923, and lived there until the age of fourteen, when he went to sea. This is a first-hand account of the WW2 Atlantic convoys and the devastation of war. Stalked by German U-boats, cast adrift in a lifeboat, it also tells of the difficulties of the post-war period, in building a decent family life and coming to terms with his own history back on Tiree. Foreword by Donald S. Murray.

2016.62.1

Colour photograph of an old threshing machine made by R.G. Garvie & Sons, Engineers, Aberdeen in the 1920s or 1930s, belonging to Hugh Archie MacCallum, Whitehouse. The machine measured around 2 metre tall x 2 metre long x 1 metre wide, and was used to separate the edible part of the grain from the chaff. Photographed in 2016.

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2016.55.2

Part of a newspaper article published in around 1960 about Captain Lachlan MacPhail (Tiree and Glasgow) who was a mourner at the funeral of ‘The Man Who Never Was’ in 1943, a ruse to mislead the Germans during WWII. Lachlan MacPhail served in the Royal Navy during WWII and was an accomplished piper and writer of pipe tunes and Gaelic poems.

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2016.56.3

Colour photograph of a green double-decker bus at the pier-head car park in around 1975. On the side of the bus are the words ‘London Country’, plus a long Caledonian MacBrayne banner printed with the names of many west-coast islands including Tiree, and there are several items of laundry hanging in the windows suggesting that this is a long-distance tour bus. The old ticket office is visible on the left, and note the lack of buildings in the background on the right.

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