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Hugh Stevenson Roberton interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 734689
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Roberton, Hugh S. (Hugh Stevenson), 1900-1987, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1974 July 8-15 
1 tape reel : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Roberton, parliamentarian and diplomat, talks of his childhood in Scotland; the Australian Investment Company; shearing; freelancing as Peter Snodgrass; Farmers and Settlers Association; Riverina Movement; Charles Hardy; Nationalist Party; Progressive Party; Farm Debt Relief Act; wheat stabilisation scheme; arbitrary restriction of production; enlistment in the army; New England New State Movement; Nicholas Committee; Mr P. Wright; concessional selling of wheat; New Zealand Wheat Deal; Nelungaloo Ltd; nationalisation of banks; Australian Wheat board; Riverina electorate; Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area; Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority; Social Services; Menzies; social service progress; pensions; child endowment; national insurance scheme; Aborigines and social services; diplomatic representation in Ireland; Irish question; Australian flag in Ireland; Abbey Lea; experiences in Ireland; Irish Radio Singers; de Valera; Clare; Kildare Street Club; Lord Eldon model; Colonel Butler; Banratty Castle; Dr Sensi; Monsignor Cassidy; memorial services for Harold Holt; education in Australia; rural subsidies; superphosphate bounty; Aboriginal land rights.

Biography/History

Hugh Roberton was the Country Party Member of the Federal House of Representatives for Riverina from 1949-1965, and Minister for Social Services from 1956-1965. He was also Ambassador to Ireland from 1965-1968.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Canberra.

Also available online via the Internet at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.oh-vn734689

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary available and transcript (66 p.) 
Subjects Roberton, Hugh S. - (Hugh Stevenson), - 1900- - Interviews.  |  Diplomats - Australia - Interviews.  |  Politicians - Australia - Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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