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Kenneth Jones interviewed by Ken Henderson [sound recording]
Bib ID 1648415
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Jones, K. N. (Kenneth Norman), 1924-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1985 
5 sound cassettes. 

Jones, a public servant, talks about his Catholicism; schooling; reasons for choosing the Commonwealth Public Service; difficulties observed in the community during the Depression; racial diversity at school and his first job as a base grade clerk with the Bankruptcy Court Registry in Brisbane. He then talks about his military experience during WWII and being sent to New Guinea in April 1944. After the War he returned to University to study Economics. Jones then discusses his move to Canberra in 1949 and he talks about the various departments that he worked in from 1951-64. He then explains the role of the Cabinet Secretariat; describes working with Menzies and Gorton; working as a Permanent Head and working with Malcolm Fraser. Jones then discusses the establishment of a program to teach Aboriginal children in the vernacular during the early years of their education.

He then talks about working with Kim Beazley; events in Education under Whitlam such as the Karmel Committee and its recommendations and the nature, structure and role of the Schools Commission and various reviews of the Education system. Jones then gives his views on the relationship between the Head of Dept and his Minister; his own relationships with individual ministers and the background to his appointment to Administrative Services. He then discusses the issue of religion in the Public Service and the changes that he has seen in education in Australia.


Preservation, working duplicate and cassette copies made.

Recorded between Aug. 7 and Aug. 23, 1985 in Canberra.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available (typescript, 137 leaves). 
Subjects Jones, K. N. (Kenneth Norman), 1924- -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Department of Education.  |  Australia. Department of Education and Youth Affairs.  |  Civil service -- Australia.
Occupation Public servants.
Other authors/contributors Henderson, Kenneth Russell, 1924?-1986, Interviewer


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