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Papers of Clyde Cameron, circa 1924-2007 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1089543
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Cameron, Clyde R. (Clyde Robert), 1913-2008
 
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Access Conditions Part available for research; part not available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1924-2007] 
32.20 m. (148 boxes) + 7 fol. boxes + 114 volumes + 2 folders. 
Summary

MS 4614 comprises correspondence, diaries, memoirs, a wide range of Australian Labor Party material, including minutes, reports, articles, book reviews, press releases and speeches, Australian Workers' Union rule books and other publications, and other material including an extensive collection of pamphlets. Much of the collection has been collated, indexed and bound by Cameron (24 boxes, 7 fol. boxes, 114 volumes).

The Acc09.007 instalment comprises correspondence, minutes, reports, articles, speeches and addresses, convention papers, flyers, newspaper cuttings and other printed material, cassette tapes and reel-to-reel recordings. The papers relate to Cameron's ministerial and parliamentary roles, his involvement with the Australian Workers' Union, Australian Labor Party and Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, his research and writings, personal matters and oral histories (124 boxes).

The Acc13.023 instalment comprises two files of papers. The first is a correspondence file containing letters to and from Cameron, including from the period when he was Minister for Labour in the Whitlam government. The second file is entitled 'Compensation cases - Commonwealth employees' and contains legal research material (2 folders).

Biography/History

Union official, politician, historian and author. Clyde Robert Cameron had a long and influential involvement in the labour movement and Australian Labor Party politics, both through his associations with the Australian Workers' Union (AWU) and the South Australian Branch of the ALP, and through his work as a Federal Labor parliamentarian and minister, and as a writer and commentator. Cameron was active in the AWU and rose to become federal vice-president in 1942-1950 and president of the South Australian Branch in 1956. He was president of the South Australian Branch of the ALP from 1946-1948, 1958-1959 and 1963-1964, and its representative on the Federal Executive of the ALP in 1970-1972. Between 1948 and 1977, he was a South Australian delegate to the ALP federal conferences.

In 1949 Cameron was elected to the House of Representatives as the ALP member for Hindmarsh, Adelaide, and sat in opposition until 1972 when he became Minister for Labour in the Whitlam government. Cameron retired from politics in 1980 and wrote The confessions of Clyde Cameron 1913-1990, and The Cameron diaries, which were published in 1990. He also conducted several oral history interviews for the National Library of Australia. In 1982 Cameron was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the government and politics, and in 2001 he was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through Parliament.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 4614, MS Acc09.007, MS Acc13.023.

Associated materials: The future role of trade unions, 1971 MS 3008.

Some photocopies.

Related Material Clyde Cameron interviewed by Ruth Brisbane; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 2535.  Clyde Cameron interviewed by Jenny Hocking in the Gough Whitlam biography project; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 5853. 
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Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, D599.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Pictures and Manuscripts Reading Room and online at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms4614 
Subjects Cameron, Clyde R. - (Clyde Robert), - 1913-2008 - Archives.  |  Australian Workers' Union - Presidents - Archives.  |  Australian Labor Party - Officials and employees - Archives.  |  Politicians - Australia - Archives.  |  Historians - Australia - Archives.  |  Labor movement - Australia.  |  Labor unions - Australia.  |  Australia - Politics and government - 1945-
Time Coverage 1924-2007 
Occupation Trade union officials.  |  Federal politicians.  |  Oral history interviewers.
Terms of Use Copying of Clyde Cameron's copyright material permitted for research purposes, except for Boxes 36-37, 69-70 and the Miscellaneous Correspondence file. 

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