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Bill Rogers interviewed by Rob Linn [sound recording]
Bib ID 3674549
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Rogers, Bill, 1926-
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2006 
2 sound files (ca. 129 min.) 
Summary

D.W. 'Bill' Rogers talks about his parents and their family background; his father's war service; his parents' marriage; his siblings; the family's travels with his father's work; his education at Malvern Grammar and Geelong College, Vic.; his memories of his paternal grandparents; further on his father's war service; General Blamey; General Macarthur; enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on his 18th birthday; life in the AIF and his early training before being transferred to Brisbane and the HQ of Central Bureau and intelligence work; his move to Philippines (1945) and memories of the Japanese at this stage of the war; at the end of the war his decision to attend Melbourne University; his legal studies; doing his articles with Arthur Robinson and Co.; the move to rural law in Maffra (1951); meeting his future wife and their marriage; the decision to leave Maffra and return to Melbourne; the companies he worked for and the areas of law in which he worked.

Rogers discusses some of the cases he worked on; the companies on which boards he has served including the AMP; Plumrose; Woodside Petroleum; Vamgas; his move into directorships and away from legal work by the mid-1980s; some of the difficulties encountered; BHP; how Woodside provided the most satisfying part of his corporate life until retirement in 1999; Shell; some of the outstanding characters whom he met around board tables; the ways in which different companies handled their boards and business affairs; his role as Chancellor as Monash University and how that came about; his early role with the university and some subsequent incidents; the variety of philanthropic efforts that he has been involved in, including the Centenary of Federation celebrations in Victoria; working as a trustee of the Hecht and Danny Scott trusts; his interest in Aboriginal matters and education through the work of these trusts; his family; a recent journey to the Philippines, New Guinea and adjacent islands reminding him of his war service and the various stories connected to it.

Notes

Recorded on March 9, 2006 at Melbourne, Vic.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 50 leaves) 
Subjects Rogers, Bill, 1926- -- Interviews.  |  Legal consultants -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Executives -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Australian.
Occupation Company directors.
Other authors/contributors Linn, Rob, Interviewer

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