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John Armstrong interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2256003
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Armstrong, John Ignatius, 1908-1977, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1975 Nov. 11-12 
2 tape reels (ca. 236 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

John Armstrong, diplomat, talks of his early life in Sydney; the Depression; selection for both municipal and state seats; Labour League; placing of names on ballot papers; his entrance into Federal politics; issues facing the Senate in 1937; Menzies; Earle Page; defeat of Menzies, 1941; Fadden; Evatt's challenge; royal Commission into misappropriation of funds; Curtin's censure motion; Non-Communist Party Room; Beasley; Rationing Commission; National Film Board; Minister for Munitions; Chifley; J.K. Jensen; John Curtin; Chifley's double dissolution; Bill Taylor; Dr Evatt; Arthur Calwell; immigration; Jack Beasley; majority of the Senate, 1949 and legislation; Harry Foll; forcing an election; Calwell and membership of the Senate; Communist Party Dissolution Bill; Petrov affair; George Cole; DLP; Groupers; endowment for first child; Chifley; DLP; his support of the groups; "College of the Cardinals"; his defeat; Sydney County Council; election as Lord Mayor; threat of dismissal of the Council; casino for sydney; Tom Doherty; abolition of the Upper House; his dismissal by Askin; Gough Whitlam; High Commissioner in London; Ted Heath; cricket; British people's attitude to Australia; his experience with business; payment for politicians; Stan Amor and Oaklands Airport; "Fadden's Gap"; Fadden; Billy Hughes at "Borambil".

Biography/History

John Armstrong was Federal ALP Senator for NSW from 1938-1951; 1951-1962. He also served as Lord Mayor of Sydney and as High Commissioner in London.

Notes

Recorded at John Armstrong's home in Sydney, 11-12 November, 1975.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221572621

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 66 leaves) available. 
Subjects Armstrong, John Ignatius, 1908-1977 -- Interviews.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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