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Dick Smith interviewed by Diana Giese in the Australians of the year oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 1318995
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Smith, Dick, 1944-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1999 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 109 min.) 
Series

Australians of the year oral history project.

Summary

Smith, a businessman and adventurer, speaks of his childhood in North Sydney, how his two main preoccupations included electronics and the Australian bush, how he started Dick Smith Electronics in 1968, which he later sold to Woolworths for $25 million, he invested the sale amount into real estate at the start of the 1980s which changed his life, how he set out in 1983 to become the first person to fly solo around the world in a helicopter, how in 1987 he was the first to fly a helicopter to the North Pole, then in 1989 made the first flight around the world via the Poles, how he started in 1986 the magazine Australian Geographic to promote the beauty of the Australian countryside.

Smith discusses selling this business in 1995 to John Fairfax Holdings for $41 million, how his interest in aviation extended into aviation administration, how he was appointed to the Board of the Civil Aviation Authority in 1988 then became its chair for 1990-1992, how after a break he was appointed in May 1997 as Deputy Chair of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the successor of the CAA, but after a period of turbulence resigned from CASA's Chairmanship in March 1999, how in 1986 he was named Australian of the Year and in 1997-98 he was named a Living National Treasure along with a 100 other leading Australians, his financial support of Life Education Centres, the Fred Hollows Foundation, the Salvation Army and the Smith Family, his campaigns against promotion of cigarettes and alcohol to the young.

Notes

Recorded at Terrey Hills, N.S.W. on 4 May 1999.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary available (1 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 57 leaves). 
Subjects Smith, Dick, 1944- -- Interviews.  |  Businessmen -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Adventure and adventurers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Millionaires -- Australia -- Interviews.
Occupation Company directors.
Other authors/contributors Giese, Diana, 1947-, Interviewer

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