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Bill Hamilton interviewed by Paul Macgregor for the Australia-China oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 1979144
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Hamilton, Bill, 1919- interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1994 
7 sound tape reels (ca. 236 min.) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, 2 track, mono. ; 7 in. 
Series

Australia-China oral history project.

Summary

Hamilton, former diplomatic staff member of the Australian Embassy in China and Chinese Australian, speaks of his position as Financial Officer and Vice-Consul at the Australian Embassy in Nanking from May 1947 to October 1949, the staff employed at the Embassy in particular their characters and relationships, the social life within the wider diplomatic community, the nature and lifestyle of Nanking at that time, his analysis of prominent people in the Nanking national government, the relations between Australia and China, the opinions of the Chinese of Australians, the sequence of events that fuelled the advance of the Chinese Communists and the subsequent disintegration of their Nationalist Government leading to the changeover from the Nationalists to the Communists in Nanking.

Notes

Project conducted in association with the Australia-China Council and with the Museum of Chinese Australian History.

Recorded in Farrer, A.C.T. on Feb. 28 to Aug. 20, 1994.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary available. 
Subjects Hamilton, Bill, 1919- -- Interviews.  |  Chinese Australians -- Social life and customs.  |  Chinese Australians -- Interviews.  |  Chinese Australians -- Cultural assimilation.  |  Diplomatic and consular service, Australian -- China -- History -- Civil War, 1945-1949.  |  Diplomats, Australian -- China -- Interviews.  |  Nanking (China) -- Social life and customs -- 1945-1949.  |  Australia -- Foreign relations -- China.  |  China -- Politics and government -- 1945-1949.  |  China -- Foreign relations -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors MacGregor, Paul, interviewer  |  Australia-China Council  |  Museum of Chinese Australian History

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