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Jack Buchanan interviewed by Alex Hood and Annette Hood in the Alex Hood folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3698199
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Buchanan, Jack, 1925-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies, written permission is required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 2006 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 123 min.) 

Alex Hood folklore collection.


Jack Buchanan born 1925 at Enfield, Sydney talks about his three siblings; his family work, timber mill at Burwood; his father's and grandfather's lives; his great grandfather; father establishing timber mills; his family arriving Sydney early (1920's); AL Lloyd; his mother; Kylie Tenant; his schooling; receiving Leaving Certificate (1940); war upsetting, death of friends; wanting to enlist; working at paint works; joining the Air Force; failed army because of flat feet; volunteering as air gunner; flying as head gunner in 'Liberators'; his experiences while on missions; bombing of Dili airstrip; celebrations as war ended; returning to BALM paints, finishing his course at Tech; his courtship with Eva; sketching at Moratai; drawing at school.

Buchanan speaks about his Diploma in Organic Chemistry; working with Professor Alexander on Surface Chemistry; Australian United Paint Company; working in Adelaide for 7 years; company changing name to Dulux; his three children; transferring to Melbourne; living in Ringwood for 38 years; retiring at 57 years; travelling round the world; describing paintings; his teachers and colleagues; earning good money through commissions; his exhibition near Warrandyte; selling his works; painting around Merimbula N.S.W; his brother Bill; his work and employment; chemical changes in paints; composition of plastic paints; techniques of painting; Bob Dickerson's poisoning; making his own paints; his interest in techniques, more into movement, colour and representation.

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Jack Buchanan was born into a large family of farmers, timber-getters and millers. He enlisted in the RAF and later was involved in the paint industry. He is a respected artist and teacher.


Accompanying photographs.

Recorded on April 25, 2006 at Palmerston, A.C.T.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (8 p.) 
Subjects Buchanan, Jack, 1925- -- Interviews.  |  Art teachers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Painters -- Australia -- Interviews.
Occupation Art teachers.  |  Painters.
Other authors/contributors Hood, Alex, 1935-, Interviewer  |  Hood, Annette, 1948-, Interviewer


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    ORAL TRC 5533/21 (summary)
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