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Bruce Litchfield interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2258201
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Litchfield, Bruce, 1908-1995, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1974 
1 sound tape reel (180 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips, half track, mono. ; 7 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Bruce Litchfield, an architect, talks of his early life in Cessnock and Newcastle; working in Darwin as an architect; increasing the defences in Darwin; Darwin Mobile Force; Captain Haultain of the Larrakia; Japanese activities off Darwin; building Larrakeyah Barracks; bombing raid on Darwin; withdrawal of the Administrator to Alice Springs; strike on the oil tanks; communications after the raid; building fighter and bomber strips; rations; aborigines; Tipperary and Humpty Doo Stations; military police; Mrs Abbott's corsets; Katherine as a base; Civilian Construction Corps; Allied Works Council; visits to HMAS Kalgoorlie; Movement Control; the "Islander"; building meatworks at Mambaloo; return of the Administrator after the war; Jessie Litchfield; Clyde Fenton; Bill Harney; Harney's relationship with aboriginals; racism in Darwin; new town plan; Dept. of Works and Housing; residents of Darwin after the war; Michael Paspali; problems travelling to Dili, Portuguese Timor; Canberra in 1948; Australian National University development plan; architecture of the ANU; day labour staff in Canberra; professionalism in the public service.

Biography/History

Bruce Litchfield served as an architect for the Commonwealth Government in Darwin during World War II, and later in Canberra.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Canberra on Dec. 10-12, 1974.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221565818

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (9 p.) and transcript available (39 p.) 
Subjects Litchfield, Bruce, 1908-1995 -- Interviews.  |  Architects -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Darwin (N.T.) -- History -- Bombardment, 1942.  |  Darwin (N.T.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/59
Copy: Recording
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ORAL TRC 121/59 (transcript)
Copy: Transcripts
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ORAL TRC 121/59 (summary)
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