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Frank McAlary interviewed by John Farquharson in the Law in Australian society oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2470204
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
McAlary, Frank Stratton, 1925-2010, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2001 
4 digital audio tapes (240 min.) 
Series

Law in Australian society oral history project.

Summary

Frank McAlary, barrister, speaks of his family first coming to Australia around 1840 settling in Grafton but later moved to Victoria and practised law, his father as a fencer, his memory of visiting Sydney when the Harbour Bridge was being built, how the family moved to Sydney following his father's death, Sydney during World War II, his army training and his legal studies, his period as an articled clerk then admission to the Bar, the relationship between Barwick and Kerr leading to the Whitlam dismissal, his view of Clive Evatt, his cases before the Privy Council, representing Bart Cummings and Robbie Waterhouse, some outstanding judges, how he dealt with shonky witnesses, his view on what is needed for a better system of justice, how changes in the law have lead to a weaker legal system, his own family, his love of the bush and the need to live close to it, his property at Glen Innes including Kimberley Properties, meat production and marketing, cattle duffing, his particular business investments.

McAlary speaks of the opening of the High Court, religion and work at the Matthew Talbot Hostel administered by St. Vincent de Paul, Aborigines and Aboriginal stockmen, view on Michael Kirby, Aborigines and their land claims based on native title.

Notes

Recorded on May 28, 2001 in Sydney, N.S.W.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-220670036

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 204 leaves) 
Subjects McAlary, Frank Stratton, 1925-2010 -- Interviews.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure -- Law and legislation.  |  Lawyers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Native title -- Law and legislation -- Australia.  |  Law -- Australia -- Interpretation and construction.
Occupation Lawyers.
Other authors/contributors Farquharson, John M., 1929-2016, Interviewer

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