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John Oldham interviewed by Dr. Allan Martin [sound recording]
Bib ID 368568
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Oldham, John, 1902-, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1987 Nov. 4 
1 sound tape reel (ca. 56 min.) ; 10.5 ins. 
Summary

John Oldham, born 1902 in Melbourne, speaks about his family background; education at Queen's College St. Kilda, Melbourne Grammar and Trinity College; becoming a judge's associate and finishing studies through this; meeting Robert Menzies; law scene in Melbourne in 1920s; Owen Dixon's influence; Sir Leo Cussen; Sir James Macfarlan; his admission to the Bar in 1929; Alfred Stirling; Stirling's early association with Menzies; Stirling's record as youngest head of Scotch College, Hawthorn, Victoria; prominent Australians who attended Scotch College; joining the Department of External Affairs in the 1930s; Menzies as Attorney-General; being preselected for seat of Fawkner but not standing; George Maxwell; Stanley Bruce; Young Nationalists; Sir Edmund Herring; Harold Holt; brother Trevor's involvement in politics; James Fairbairn; using his political contacts to get clients; going to London in 1939 with Stirling for the Dept. of External Affairs; working as a Personal Assistance to Bruce in the War Cabinet; John Curtin; posting to Washington after war; key public servants during post war period; US President Harry Truman; working for a year in Paris; H. V. Evatt's Presidency of the UN Atomic Energy Commission; posting in Karachi, Pakistan.

Biography/History

John Oldham, born 1902 in Melbourne, is a lawyer and Australian foreign diplomat.

Notes

Recorded on Nov. 4, 1987 at Canberra, A.C.T.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-215860270

Subjects Oldham, John -- Interviews.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century  |  Australia -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.
Occupation Diplomats.
Other authors/contributors Martin, A. W. (Allan William), 1926-2002, Interviewer

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