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Ken Prowse interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2257613
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Prowse, Ken, 1917-2000, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1977-1978 
8 tape reels (ca. 322 min.) : 3 3/4 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Prowse, administrative officer, talks of his early life in Canberra; living conditions in Canberra in the 1920s; 1920s Canberra buildings; early Canberra fishing, transportation, recreation, weather conditions, speed racing, aviation; CSIR; scientists and public servants; Tillyard; Gerald Hill; A. L. Tonnoir; George Currie; Tom Greaves; myxamatosis; Ian Mackerras; blowflies; Wally James; Nicholson; organic phosphates; Kipps; suicides; administration; compensation; home brewing; opium; security; regional offices; expansion as CSIRO; Grounds' report; phytotron; experimental farms; land and scientific discussions; Prowse then talks about the Australian Pioneer Battalion; engineering in the Northern Territory in World War II; Batchelor; trip to Timor and return; raids on Darwin; Bob Page; demonstration shoot; physical fitness; riot at Alice Springs; Darwin trenches; Watsonia, Victoria; Bathurst; Eora Trail; American discipline; Beach Groups; scrub typhus; Morotai; Labuan; Kuching; Australian POWs; 20th Japanese Army; the Chinese at Bau; Dyaks; War Crimes Trials; waiting at Labuan to return to Australia.

Biography/History

Ken Prowse moved to Canberra with his parents in 1927. He joined the CSIR 1933 and retired from the CSIRO 44 years later as regional administrative officer in the ACT. During World War II he saw service in S-E Asia and was President of the War Crimes Court, Labuan, Sabah.

Notes

Recorded between Dec. 21 1977 and Jan. 31, 1978 at the CSIRO, Canberra, A.C.T.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214929045

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript available (typescript, 321 leaves) available. 
Subjects Prowse, Ken, 1917-2000 -- Interviews.  |  CSIRO.  |  Public officers -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Officials and employees -- Interviews.
Occupation Public servants.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/91
Copy: Recording
Special Collections Reading Room
ORAL TRC 121/91 (transcript)
Copy: Transcript
Special Collections Reading Room
ORAL TRC 121/91 (summary)
Copy: Summary
Special Collections Reading Room

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