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Frank van Straten interviewed by Bill Stephens [sound recording]
Bib ID 384509
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Van Straten, Frank, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Written permission required for research, personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1994 July 25 
6 sound tape reels (ca. 200 min.) ; analog, 7 1/2 ips, 2 track, mono; 7 in. 
Summary

Frank van Straten born1936 in London, talks about his early life and his parents; moving to Australia; his early interest in collecting; his first gramophone; collecting stamps with encouragement by his father who was a keen philatelist; starting a collection of theatre programs; an interest in printing; his various positions before moving into T.V. advertising and script writing; setting up his first record company, Heritage Records; preparing a history of the Tivoli Circuit; the circumstances leading to his appointment as the Curator of the Performing Arts Museum and the Victorian Arts Centre; the considerations when setting up the museum and obstacles to overcome; the effects on the museum when the archives were flooded; exhibition policy and museum displays; the exhibition "Bourke Street on a Saturday night"; the opening night of the museum in 1982; the changes in 1984 and the staffing structure; the administration of the Concert Hall and how it impacts on the running of the Performing Arts Museum; the reasons behind his retirement; his radio program on 3LO; his book on Gertrude Johnson.

Biography/History

Frank van Straten - entertainment historian.

Notes

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary (3 p.) 
Subjects Van Straten, Frank -- Interviews.  |  Historians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Performing arts -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Stephens, Bill, 1936-, Interviewer

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