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Leslie Best interviewed by Lucy Taksa in the NSW Bicentennial oral history collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 1594651
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Best, Leslie, 1898-, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1987 Dec. 8 
1 sound cassette (ca. 55 min.) : 1 7/8 ips. 
Series

NSW Bicentennial oral history collection.

Summary

Born in Newtown, Sydney, Best gives a brief account of his early life and then speaks in more detail of his employment as an office boy, then salesman for Dymocks bookship ; his favourite books ; father's employment ; experiences working on the railways ; brothers and sisters ; compulsory military training ; his education ; experiences during 1917 general strike, memories of the time and life when he was on strike, scabs, unions ; playing in various brass bands ; his career and different positions held on railways, his work, conditions at workshops at Eveleigh and Chullora, equipment used ; listening to speakers in the Domain ; communists ; politics of the 1920s ; involvement with Ambulance Corps on railways ; the Safety First movement ; involvement with the Labor Party.

Notes

Includes index.

Recorded by the NSW Bicentennial Oral History Project, funded by a bicentennial grant to the NSW Council on the Ageing and the Oral History Association of Australia (NSW).

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-216347698

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (34 p.) available. 
Subjects Best, Leslie, 1898- -- Interviews.  |  Older people -- New South Wales -- Biography.  |  Railroads -- New South Wales -- Employees -- Biography.  |  Strikes and lockouts -- Railroads -- New South Wales.
Other authors/contributors Taksa, Lucy, Interviewer  |  N.S.W. Council on the Ageing  |  Oral History Association of Australia. N.S.W. Branch  |  NSW Bicentennial Oral History Project

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ORAL TRC 2301/178
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ORAL TRC 2301/178 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 2301/178 (summary)
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