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Papers of Claire Dunne, 1965-1997 [manuscript]
Bib ID 404709
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Dunne, Claire
 
Access Conditions Permission required for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1965-1997] 
4.60 m. (26 boxes) + 1 fol. box. 
Summary

Papers relating to Dunne's appointment as broadcaster for Radio Ethnic Australia and SBS, her work as a council member for the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs, her work on the Committee of Review of the Special Broadcasting Service, and her involvement in Irish Australian cultural activities; research files, recordings with Aboriginal Australians and drafts relating to Dunne's book People under the skin: an Irish immigrant's experience of Aboriginal Australia; material concerning an ABC radio programme, Mary MacKillop: no plaster saint; files containing numerous scripts for television, radio and film projects and articles for magazines; and, material relating to Dunne's activities in NSW prisons.

Biography/History

Actor, broadcaster and writer. Claire Dunne was born in Dublin and emigrated to Australia with her family in 1957, when she was twenty. During the 1960s and 1970s she worked as a presenter and occasional actor in television, and was the lead female actor in the 1966 film They're a weird mob. In 1975 she joined Radio Ethnic Australia, which was incorporated into the newly established Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in 1976. She produced and directed the programme Eire san Astrail (Ireland in Australia) on SBS in the 1980s. In 1985-1986 Dunne was a member of the council of the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs.

Dunne was an official visitor to New South Wales prisons between 1972 and 1979 and she produced an ABC radio programme entitled Poems from prisons, featuring interviews with three prison poets and including readings of their poetry by John Bell. During the 1970s and 1980s Dunne was involved with the peace movement and the United Nations Association of Australia. In 1988 she published People under the skin: an Irish immigrant's experience of Aboriginal Australia. Also in 1988, Dunne produced and presented a two part ABC radio programme on Mary MacKillop. Her book Mary MacKillop: no plaster saint: a pioneering woman for our time, was published in 1991. Dunne has also worked as an occasional journalist, and television and radio script writer.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc99/190.

Index/Finding Aid Note Box list available. 
Subjects Dunne, Claire -- Archives.  |  Women immigrants -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Irish -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women broadcasters -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Biography.
Time Coverage 1965-1997 
Occupation Broadcasters.  |  Authors.

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