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Peter Heydon interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2241376
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Heydon, P. R. (Peter Richard), 1913-1971, interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1970 December 2-8 
3 tape reels (ca. 6 hr. 6 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Sir Peter Richard Heydon discusses his entry into the Public Service in the 1930s; the Dept. of External Affairs; Sir George Pearce; Lord Bruce; Sir Robert Menzies; private secretaries to Prime Ministers; overseas postings for the diplomatic service; foreign policy; the Munich Agreement; the New Caledonia initiative; Dr Evatt; Lord Casey; Sir Garfield Barwick; Paul Hasluck; Sir Percy Spender; William Hodgson; Sir William Dunk; Ben Chifley; John Curtin; John Burton; Alan Watt; the Australian legation in Washington; British Embassy in Washington; World War II; Sir Owen Dixon; the Russian legation at Kuybyshev; Australia House, London; Australia's relations with Britain; Indonesia; Netherlands legation; West New Guinea; Malaysia; Brazil; New Zealand; India; Sir Walter Cawthorn; Australia's immigration policy; Nehru; missionaries in India; Colombo Plan; Indonesia and India.

Biography/History

Peter Heydon was born in Sydney in 1913 and joined the diplomatic service in 1936.

Notes

Recorded on 2-8 December 1970 at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221544977

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 162 leaves) available. 
Subjects Heydon, P. R. (Peter Richard), 1913-1971 -- Interviews.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Biography.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, interviewer

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