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Papers of Wal Fife, 1942-2014 [manuscript]
Bib ID 381696
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Fife, Wal, 1929-2017
 
Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research until 2030; part not available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1942-2014] 
76.33 m. (479 boxes) + 3 cartons + 1 A3 carton + 2 fol. boxes + 1 packet. 
Summary

MS 7626 comprises records relating to the various state and federal positions held by Wal Fife. The New South Wales files relate to Fife's positions as Minister for Mines, Minister for Conservation, Minister for Power, Minister for Transport and Highways, and ministerial visits within Australia, and include Cabinet Sub-Committee and Cabinet minutes. The federal files relate to Fife's time as member for Farrer, when he served as Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, Minister for Education, Minister for Aviation, Minister assisting the Prime Minister, Minister assisting the Prime Minister on Public Service Matters, Shadow Minister for Housing and Construction, and on the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, and include miscellaneous Cabinet papers and material on various acting portfolios. Also included are papers pertaining to Charles Sturt University and the C. and K. Toy Memorial Trust (464 boxes).

The Acc03.069 instalment documents Fife's numerous activities to date, including correspondence with the Prime Minister (2 boxes, 1 carton, 1 A3 carton).

The Acc03.147 instalment includes invitations, ca. 1983-1988, and general correspondence dating from ca. 1980s-2001 (4 boxes, 1 carton).

The Acc03.209 instalment comprises election scrapbooks, and Customs Bureau and miscellaneous files (1 carton, 3 boxes, 2 fol. boxes).

The Acc04.006 instalment comprises papers relating to Canberra Grammar School (1 box).

The Acc09.080 instalment comprises miscellaneous papers relating to the 1991 redistribution of federal electoral boundaries in New South Wales, Fife's resignation, the building of the Sydney Opera House, and Dr Edward Oswald Rayner (5 boxes).

The Acc15.006 instalment comprises material relating to the opening of the Wal Fife Room at Mt Erin including pamphlets, a copy of the opening speech by Wal Fife and a Committee Executive Board list (1 packet).

Biography/History

Politician. Wallace Clyde Fife was born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, in 1929 and was educated at Gurwood Street Public School, Wagga Wagga, and Canberra Grammar School. He started working in the federal secretariat of the Liberal Party in 1948 and in 1957 was elected as the member for Wagga Wagga in the NSW Legislative Assembly. In 1975 Fife entered federal politics when he won the seat of Farrer. His portfolios included Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, 1977-1979, Minister for Education, 1979-1982, and Minister for Aviation from May 1982 until the defeat of the Fraser government at the March 1983 election. Following an electoral distribution that moved Wagga Wagga into the Division of Hume, he stood for and won that seat at the 1984 election. Fife was deputy leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Representatives between May 1989 and April 1990. He retired from Parliament prior to the 1993 election. In 1998 Fife published his autobiography, Wal Fife: a country liberal: a political autobiography.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 7626, MS Acc03.069, MS Acc03.147, MS Acc03.209, MS Acc04.006, MS Acc09.080, MS Acc15.006.

Associated materials: Papers of the Fife family, 1859-1982 MS 8183, MS Acc09.145.

Related Material The contents and furnishings of Wal Fife's office are held at Mount Erin Convent, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.  Wal Fife interviewed by John Farquharson; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 3134. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid (108 p.) available in the Special Collections Reading Room. 
Subjects Fife, Wal, 1929-2017 -- Archives.  |  Liberal Party of Australia -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Politicians -- New South Wales -- Archives.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  New South Wales -- Politics and government.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1965-
Time Coverage 1942-2014 
Occupation State and Territory politicians.  |  Federal politicians.
Other authors/contributors Toy, Cecil William  |  Toy, Kathleen Margaret  |  C. and K. Toy Memorial Trust

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