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William Heseltine interviewed by John Bannister in the Battye Library collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3357988
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Heseltine, William, Sir, 1930-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Written permission required for research, personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 2005 
15 digital audio tapes (ca. 938 min.) 
Series

Battye Library collection.

Summary

Sir William Heseltine talks of his family background, childhood and education; his aspirations for a career in the Dept. of External Affairs; moving to Canberra; becoming Private Secretary to Robert Menzies; some experiences of this time; his recollections of Menzies; Menzies attitudes toward Australia, Britain and the Commonwealth; Churchill and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II; the international climate of the 1950's; his transfer to London; his initial duties associated with taking up employment for Queen Elizabeth; his time as a member of the Royal Household for 27 years; experiences associated with the Royal family, the monarchy and its changing position in the Commonwealth; the Queen's Royal Visits; the close contact he established with the Royal Family; his contributions to the reality television series 'The Royal Family' (1969); many royal occasions and important events; the Silver Jubilee (1977).

Heseltine discusses British Prime Ministers, Churchill, Eden and Margaret Thatcher; the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana; the Queen Mother; the young royals, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Sarah Ferguson and Diana; Prince Phillip; the assassination of Lord Louis Mountbatten; the way in which the Royal household operated during his employment; the daily duties associated with the monarchy; his time in London, comparing it to his life in Australian prior to 1960 and after his retirement in 1990; the Suez Crisis; Korean and Vietnam wars; the assassination of John F. Kennedy; the disappearance of Harold Holt (1967); the dismissal of Gough Whitlam (1975); the Falklands conflict; terrorist activities including IRA bombings in London. The interview covers some sixty years of Sir William's life, a period which coincides with great changes worldwide, both political and social.

Notes

The J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History is part of the State Library of Western Australia.

Interview conducted in association with the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History.

Recorded on Jan. 18 & 25 and Sept. 1, 2005 at Perth, W.A.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary (1 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 267 leaves) 
Subjects Heseltine, William, Sir, 1930- -- Interviews.  |  Menzies, Robert, Sir, 1894-1978.  |  Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-  |  Prime ministers -- Australia -- Anecdotes.  |  Royal households -- Great Britain -- Anecdotes.
Other authors/contributors Bannister, John (William John Egerton), 1967-, Interviewer  |  State Library of Western Australia  |  J. S. Battye Library of West Australian History

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