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Kym Bonython interviewed by Rob Linn for the Mortlock Library collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3279565
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Bonython, Kym, 1920-2011, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2004 Sept. 22 
3 digital audio tapes (ca. 171 min.) 

Mortlock Library collection.


Kym Bonython, author and art dealer, talks about his family background; his parents; his siblings; his education; how his interest in the arts began; his early life; his passion for speedway and its origins; the 1930s in Adelaide; his motor vehicles and interest in motorbikes; Brian Monk (Monkton); Fred Habib's gymnasium; Leo Demetril; Tiger Higgins; Billy Misky; Hughie Whitman; Bob King; R.M. Williams; Bill Hambly-Clark; his attitude to the outbreak of the Second World War and why he joined up; Tony Abbott; leaving accountancy for call up and eventually being taken into RAAF; his subsequent war training and service; the effects of the war and his desire not to continue accountancy; farming at Mount Pleasant (1946); Frank Macrow; his marriage after returning from Milne Bay; his memories of Nowra; the purchase of the farm; the St Magnus property and achievements; his investment in an art collection; putting the Merz collection together; his divorce.

Bonython discusses his record shop in Bowman's Arcade; his music and recent CD; his radio show which began in 1937; his role promoting speedway; his early entrepreneurial activities; the Commodore Music Shop; Jazz musicians eg. Dave Brubeck, Charlie Byrd; his part in Aztec Services; his part in Austereo; Paul Thompson; Bill McColl and Red Norveaux trio; the Adelaide Festival of Arts; his feelings about his entrepreneurial activities; the decision to go to Sydney; his move into commercial art sales and why he established a gallery in Adelaide; his relationships with artists; Sidney Nolan; his memories of a 'This is Your Life' programme; his approach to life and work; his entrepreneurial activities; the reasons why he returned to running a Sydney gallery; his second marriage (1957); the incapacity of advancing years and why he had to give up motor bike and the fate of the bike; his involvement with South Australia's Jubilee 150 and its benefits; the Australian Council for the Arts; Philip Adams, Barry Jones, Bruce Beresford and some of the projects; the Board's concerns; Peter Coleman.


Interview conducted in association with the National Library of Australia and J.D. Somerville Oral History Collection, Mortlock Library of South Australiana.

Recorded on Sept. 22, 2004 at North Adelaide, S. Aust.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 59 leaves) 
Subjects Bonython, Kym, 1920-2011 -- Interviews.  |  Art dealers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Authors, Australian -- Interviews.
Occupation Art dealers.  |  Authors.
Other authors/contributors Linn, Rob, Interviewer  |  National Library of Australia  |  Mortlock Library of South Australiana


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