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Simon Bracegirdle interviewed by Wendy Lowenstein in the Communists and the Left in the arts and community oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2084617
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Bracegirdle, Simon, 1916-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1992 April 19 
2 sound cassettes (ca. 114 min.) 
Series

Communists and the Left in the arts and community oral history project.

Summary

Simon Bracegirdle, former Communist, speaks of his socialist family background; involvement with New Theatre (N.T.), Sydney; banned play "Till the Day I Die"; joining Communist Party (C.P.); C.P. links with N.T.; N.T. activities; C.P. raids; book confiscations; C.P. ban; Tribune ban; gaoled Communists; Anvil Bookshop; his ASIO file; Irene Fletcher (pupil of Clara Schumann); Writers' League; Jean Devanny; SORA (Studio of Realist Art); work with refugees; illegal car selling commissions; WWII call up; his mother's links with 1917 Club, London; Tommy Trinder; production of Reedy River musical, Nambour, Qld.; Australasian Book Society.

Biography/History

A longtime member of the Communist Party of Australia, Bracegirdle worked as a car salesperson and later as a welding engineer, and was an active member of New Theatre, Sydney before moving to Nambour, Qld. in the 1950s.

Notes

Transcript unavailable.

Recorded in Canberra, A.C.T. on 19 April 1992.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) 
Subjects Bracegirdle, Simon, 1916- -- Interviews.  |  Communist Party of Australia -- History.  |  New Theatre (Sydney, N.S.W.) -- History.  |  Communists -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- Societies and clubs.  |  Theater -- Political aspects -- New South Wales -- Sydney.  |  Communism and culture -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Lowenstein, Wendy, 1927-2006, Interviewer

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