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Len Underwood interviewed by Aron Paul in Rusted on - grassroots activists within Australia’s political parties oral history project
Bib ID 6254215
Format AudioAudio [spoken word]
Author
Underwood, Leonard, 1933-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Printer 2013
Description 2 sound files (approximately 123 min.) 
Series

Rusted on - grassroots activists within Australia’s political parties oral history project.

Summary

Len Underwood talks about his family history as wheat farmers and Country Party supporters; the effect of the Korean War on wool prices; working for Country Roads Board; his anti-union sentiments; the influence of Country MP for Benalla Tom Trewin; Pat McNamara; Coalition government; Jeff Kennett; Bill Sykes; Country Party membership and fundraisings; Country Alliance; Greens; changing the name of the Country to National Party; Victorian Farmers Union (VFU) name was changed to Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF). Underwood discusses attitudes towards unions; Communist influence on the Victorian Railways in the 1950s; Cuban Missile Crisis; Cold War; election day; his thoughts on compulsory voting. Underwood talks about becoming a farmer and a businessman; drilling for water as a contractor; wool stockpiling; Robert Menzies; attending national and state conferences; being a secretary and a church warden at the local Anglican church; local associations; country swimming pools; his marriage; his recollections of Jeff Kennett as premier and the Coalition; Labor Party; Gough Whitlam; Landcare; environmental issues; involvement in local politics; water policy and the Seymour water pipeline; the media; climate change and the local environment; travelling overseas and around Australia; changes in party membership; pre-selection contests.

Notes

This interview is part of a joint oral history project conducted by the National Library of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Recorded on 11 April 2013 in Avenel, Victoria.

Digital master; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore collection;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) 
Subjects Underwood, Leonard, - 1933- - Interviews.  |  Political activists - Victoria - Interviews.  |  Political participation - Australia - History - 20th century.  |  Social movements - Australia.  |  Farmers - Victoria - Interviews.  |  Australia - Politics and government - 20th Century.
Occupation Political activists.  |  Farmers.
Other authors/contributors Paul, Aron, Interviewer  |  Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House  |  National Library of Australia

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