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Ken Myer interviewed by Heather Rusden [sound recording]
Bib ID 2055674
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Myer, Ken (Kenneth Baillieu), 1921-1992, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1990 Nov. 23-1992 Feb. 13 
12 sound tape reels (650 min.) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, 2 track stereo ; 10 in. 
Summary

Ken Myer, Company Director, discusses his life and related issues and events. Topics covered include family background and childhood, his father and his early death, attitude to religion, early overseas travels, time at Princeton, World War II and his involvement with the navy, occupation of Japan, joining the family business, development of regional shopping centres, first marriage, offer of governor-generalship, interest in philanthropy, trips to China, various influential people (incl. Malcom Fraser, Harry Tolley, Menzies, the Murdoch family, Harold White, Geoffrey Whitehead, Zelman Cowen, Nugget Coombs, Bob Hawke), the Myer stores, the Japanese office, involvement with the National Library Council, Alan Marshall's book The Gay Provider, time as Chairman of the ABC, meeting Yasuko and events leading to their eventual marriage, Japanese influences, the Whitlam era, Myer dynasty and its responsibilities, Howard Florey Institute, CSIRO, Australian attitudes to scientific research, views on logging, personal life and routines, reflections on life, Myer Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund, future goals, and Australia's future.

Notes

Accompanied by: [an Order of] Service of Thanksgiving for Kenneth Baillieu Myer, A.C., D.S.C. (1921-1992) and Yasuko Hiraoka Myer (1945-1992). Thurs. 3 Sept. 1992. Melbourne : Cathedral Church of Saint Paul.

Recorded in the LG1 Studios, National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T. between November 23, 1990 and February 13, 1992.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-216927638

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary (36 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 297 leaves) 
Subjects Myer, Ken (Kenneth Baillieu), 1921-1992 -- Interviews.  |  Myer, Sidney Baevski, 1878-1934.  |  Myer Emporium.  |  National Library of Australia -- History.  |  Australian Broadcasting Corporation -- History.  |  Department stores -- Australia.  |  Retail trade -- Australia.  |  Australia -- History -- 20th century.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Chronology.  |  Australia -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Other authors/contributors Rusden, Heather, 1948-, Interviewer

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