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Alexander Welch interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2263300
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Welch, Alexander Walker, 1905-1982, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1974 Nov. 6 - 7 
1 tape reel : 1 7/8 ips, mono. 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Welch talks of his early life in North Sydney; his education; experiences in the NSW Public Service; the conference on Civil Defence; Harry Bland; ARP in Britain; Dept. of Home Security; staffing; firefighting; necessity for Civil Defence; Air Raid Warden system; national Security Regulation 35A; J.P. Abbott; co-ordination of Federal and State Civil Defence; compulsory Civil Defence Service; War Housing; Dept of Post-War Reconstruction; rental rebates; problems of building post-war homes; pegged rents; accommodation for war workers; Dept of Works and Housing; Mr Loder; Nelson Lemmon; pre-fabricated houses; Beaufort home; Mr Menzies; Mr Casey; W.H. Spooner; R. Wilson; Dr Evatt; Dr Coombs; Lenox Hewitt; GPN Watt; Frank Sinclair; 1950 Housing Mission; Sam Cochran; coal mining; Coal Board; Gerald Hill; exporting coal; liberty ships; coal industry; organisation of the Coal Board coalmining companies; Joint Coal Board; NSW Mining Co.; Clutha Development Co.; Hunter Strip Co.; Placer Development Organisation; D.K. Ludwig; Burragorang Valley; overseas markets for coal; Japanese market; open cut mining and environmentalists; personal interests; public servants moving to private enterprise; entry of private enterprise people to public service; Canberra 1941-1951; public service heads; accommodation; Parents and Friends Association, Girls' Grammar School; suburbs; shopping; centres; transport; post Loan Council parties; change in public service chiefs.

Biography/History

Alexander Welch had a distinguished career in the public service from 1941-1952 in the Departments of Home Security, and War Housing and later in private industry in coal mining.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Sydney.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214896853

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (8 p.) and transcript (66 p.) 
Subjects Welch, Alexander Walker, 1905- -- Interviews.  |  Businessmen -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/58
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ORAL TRC 121/58 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/58 (summary)
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