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Brian Dunnett interviewed by Alex Hood and Annette Hood in the Alex Hood folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 4465444
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Dunnett, Brian, 1935-2016, interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2008 
1 sound file (ca. 155 min.) 
Series

Alex Hood folklore collection.

Summary

Folkloric recording. Brian Dunnett talks about his family background; the Depression; his father's work as iron worker, then a railway worker and his WWII service; his music influences and involvement; the Railway Union's cultural influence, the Railway Institute; Australian Railways Union (A.R.U.) and Lloyd Ross; the railway journal 'The Railroad'; 'The Tivoli', his schooling; his memories of Hurstville; hard times; family gatherings; after leaving school, his apprenticeship with N.S.W. Railways; the many aspects of railway work; White Bay Power Station; wartime experiences; tanks and weapons being built by railway workshops; the strong tradition of work place music and arts, theatre; his involvement in the Eureka Youth League (E.Y.L.); how ex-soldiers brought change in the railways; the influence of Frank Hardy's book 'Power Without Glory'; the growth of the Australian Communist Party; Dame Mary Gilmore; the influence of the 1917 Strike; changes in social thought after WWII, political changes; the National Fitness Movement; the promotion of Australian Nation culture, 'Reedy River', and 'New Theatre'; the Australasian Book Society; dance groups; multi-cultural activities; Aboriginal cultural developments; the emerging Peace Movement; the fear of Atomic War; the emergence of the Folk Movement; E.Y.L. camps, songbooks and concerts; conscription, National Service Training (1954); Cold War politics; his trip to Vienna Youth Festival (1959); John Meredith; working for the E.Y.L.; visiting Indonesia (1964), Communist Party of Australia (C.P.A.) Delegation; international tensions at the time; World Federation of Democratic Youth; how this early period formed his future involvement in politics and cultural work in the railways; the 'Sidetrack Theatre' and their community arts involvement; his work with Harry Robertson at Chullora Workshops.

Partial contents Dunnett recites a poem about the importance of the Library. 
Notes

Recorded on July 9, 2008 at Kurnell, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) available. 
Subjects Dunnett, Brian, 1935-2016 -- Interviews.  |  Eureka Youth League (Australia) -- History.  |  Australian Railways Union.  |  Communism -- Australia -- History -- 20th century.  |  Railroads -- Australia -- Employees -- Anecdotes.
Other authors/contributors Hood, Alex, 1935- interviewer  |  Hood, Annette, 1948- interviewer

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