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Cecil Arthur Butler interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2250724
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Butler, C. Arthur (Cecil Arthur), 1902-1980, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1972 
1 tape reel : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Cecil Arthur Butler, aviation pioneer, describes his schooldays in Sydney and Lithgow in the eary 20th century; his childhood attempt to build a rocket to fly to Venus; collecting static electricity; Percy Moodie and his V-86; building an aircraft; the Australian Aircraft and Engineering Company; Avro 504Ks for the Commonwealth government; air routes; interstate air mail service; joyrides at Hay; accidents; Butler Air Transport; expansion after the war; suggested TAA takeover; rumour of ANA takeover; Ansett; the Ambassador and Viscount aeroplanes; charters with ANA and TAA; attempted takeover by ANA; Professor Bland; employee shareholders and Ansett; record of service; Mr Anthony; Mr Drakeford; Mr Chifley; Major Murray-Jones; Arthur Baird; John Stubbs; Frank Neale; De Garis; Ronnie Adair; Harry Broadsmith; George Boehm; H.T. Hammond; Peggy Kelman; Stanley and Norman Brodie; Dr Bowen; DME; Richard Woolley; Tom Leach; list of instructors, aviators, executives and pilots known during his career.

Biography/History

Arthur Butler was a pioneer of Australian aviation, designing, building and piloting aircraft. He was the first pilot to fly solo from England to Australia in 1931. In 1934 he founded Butler Air Transport, which developed into the largest intra-state air transport company in the Commonwealth.

Notes

Recorded on June 14-June 18, 1972 at his home in Sydney.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221555010

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript (48 p.) 
Subjects Butler, C. Arthur (Cecil Arthur), 1902-1980 -- Interviews.  |  Air pilots -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/33
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ORAL TRC 121/33 (transcript)
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