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William John Bridgman interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2244018
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Bridgman, W. J. (William John), 1911-1985, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1976 Nov. 17 
1 tape reels : 1 7/8 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Bridgman talks of Canberra as a city in the 1930s; Glebe House; balls; recording for Hansard; salary; Parliamentary sittings; hearing aids in Parliament; changes in debating in Parliament; announcement of war; defeat of Fadden government; apolitical feelings of Hansard reporters; guidelines of the Erskine Mays Work Parliamentary practice; interjections; court reporting; wartime travel by train; ancillary staff during the war; Curtin; Dr Evatt's referendum proposals; Chifley; McKell; the DLP; Petrov Affair; Communist Party Dissolution bill; Arthur Caldwell; Les Hallum; structural change in Hansard organisation; frequency of publication of Hansard; increase in Parliamentary Committees; tape recording; work for departments; training scheme; circulation of Hansard; Speakers of the House; Brown-Fitzpatrick Contempt Action; Cameron; McClay; Askin; James Cope; Scholls; President of the Senate; Senator McKennor; Magnus Cormack; Justin O'Burn; Condor Louky; Snedden; Eric Harrison.

Biography/History

Mr Bridgman joined the parliamentary reporting staff in 1935 and was Principal Reporter, Parliamentary Reporting Staff, 1968-1976.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Canberra.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214921734

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 42 leaves) 
Subjects Bridgman, W. J. (William John), 1911-1985 -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Parliament -- Reporters and reporting.  |  Reporters and reporting -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Legislative reporting -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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