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Frank Chamberlain interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2288795
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Chamberlain, Frank, 1913-1990, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1972-1973 
2 sound tape reels (ca. 513 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 

Mel Pratt collection.


Frank Chamberlain, political journalist, speaks of his early life in Melbourne; newspaper work during World War Ii; Menzies' attack on Fadden, 1943; Munich Agreement; Curtin as Party leader; National Government; Evatt; Calwell and migration; the Brisbane Line; Eddie Ward; Arthur Calwell; ALP/DLP split; bank nationalisation; coal strike; 1949 election; immigration; Gamboa case; Dr Coombes; DLP; Communist Party Bill; The "Telegraph" and the Labor Party; double dissolution; control of the Senate; Chifley's death; Australian Press; Menzies and Dr Evatt; Petrov affair; Evatt's letter to Molotov; Madame Olliez; DLP as a Catholic party; DLP antipathy to Labor; success of the DLP; travelling with Menzies; McEwen and the Liberal Party; Country Party; Athol Townley; Menzies; Arthur Calwell; Bennett Royal Commission; Chiefs of General Staff and defence; Brisbane Line; parliamentary documents; Fitzpatrick and Brown; Tom Doherty and the DLP; Fadden and Calwell; 27th Parliament; preferential voting; Harold Holt; John Gorton; McMahon; Whitlam; parts of recordings of TV and radio work on Gorton, "Voyager" inquiry, 1965/66 budget, John McEwen and the Common Market, Holt and America, Ormsby Wilkins Show, Wilfred Kent Hughes; Whitlam as Prime Minister.


Frank Chamberlain, one of Australia's foremost political journalists, was an observer of politics in Canberra for over thirty years, and through his outspoken talks on radio and television on political science, his name was a household word throughout the country.


Recorded at his office in Barton, Canberra on Aug. 4, 1972 and Jan. 19, 1973.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 217 leaves). 
Subjects Chamberlain, Frank, 1913-1990 -- Interviews.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Journalism -- Political aspects -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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