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Roland Wilson interviewed by Cameron Hazlehurst and Colin Forster [sound recording]
Bib ID 1351642
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Wilson, Roland, 1904-1996, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1984 
Summary

Sir Roland Wilson, former Treasury Secretary, talks about his background, family and tertiary education, (which lead directly to a career as a senior public servant), how he started as Economic Adviser in the Statistics Section of the Treasury in the Commonwealth Public Service in Feb. 1932, the major influence of Lyndhurst Giblin, his impressions of later noted statisticians that worked with him in those years, his time as Commonwealth Statistician, his initiative to introduce research officers into the Public Service and to coordinate statistical reporting with the States, his appointment as Secretary of the Dept. of Labour and National Service in 1940, his eventual appointment as Secretary of the Treasury and the injection of economists into this department, his views on the definition of productivity, the problems of estimating levels of wealth amongst Australians in the 1930's, his role as Chairman of the United Nations Economic and Employment Commission.

Biography/History

Sir Roland Wilson (1904-1996) was a prominent and highly respected public servant, serving as Commonwealth Statistician (1936-1940, 1946-1951), Secretary of the Dept. of Labour and National Service (during WWII), Secretary to the Treasury (1951-1966), and Chairman to both Qantas (1966-1973) and the Commonwealth Banking Corporation (1966-1975)

Notes

Transcript only.

All recordings missing as of 29 Nov. 1996.

Recorded on March 28, 1984.

Index/Finding Aid Note Corrected transcript available (typescript, 30 leaves) 
Subjects Wilson, Roland, 1904-1996 -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Treasury -- History.  |  Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics (Australia) -- History.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.  |  Australia -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Other authors/contributors Hazlehurst, Cameron, 1941-, Interviewer  |  Forster, Colin, 1926-, Interviewer

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