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Arthur Coles interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2239191
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Coles, A. D. (Arthur William), 1892-1982, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1971 May 19-24 
2 tape reels (ca. 176 min.) : 1 7/8 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Sir Arthur Coles, a businessman, discusses his experiences during World War I; the founding of G.J. Coles & Co.; the Depression; Melbourne City Council; World War II; Melbourne Hospital; relief for British bombing victims; Women's National Register; abolition of the position of alderman on Melbourne Council; Arthur Calwell; the chain store system; training; attitude to World War II in England and Australia; bombing of Coventry; travelling in wartime; currency during the War; Menzies' resignation; Curtin; War Workers Housing Trust; War Damage Commission; Rationing Committee; operation of Coles retail business and staffing conditions; Win the War Rallies; resignation from the Liberal Party.

Biography/History

Sir Arthur was one of Australia's leading businessmen, and held important positions in a number of private and government positions as well as being the Independent member for the Federal seat of Henty from 1940 to 1946.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Toorak, Victoria.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214855628

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 40 leaves) 
Subjects Coles, A. D. (Arthur William), 1892-1982 -- Interviews.  |  Businessmen -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/17
Copy: Recording
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ORAL TRC 121/17 (transcript)
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