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David Thomas interviewed by Sheridan Palmer in the Australian art from 1950 to the present oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4810082
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Thomas, David, 1937-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
1 sound file (ca. 91 min.) 
Series

Australian art from 1950 to the present oral history project.

Summary

David Thomas his childhood and education in Ballarat; reflections on Ballarat’s cultural life; the war years and the tent city for American soldiers and marines; attending Melbourne University, Fine Arts (1958-61); his university teachers; Australian history and art; European art; academia; the Melbourne cultural scene in the 1950s; the contemporary art scene in Melbourne and Ballarat in the 1940s and '50s; his arrival in Canberra, work at the National Library; the Rex Nan Kivell collection; working in the public service; the Pictorial Collection and conditions; buying for the National Library; émigrés and influential scholars; Canberra (1963); the move to Newcastle City Art Gallery; Newcastle Regional Art Gallery; Newcastle's colonial and contemporary collection; National Library exhibitions in the early 1960s; Modernism (1956); Newcastle (1968); his career in art galleries; his vision for the future for art collections; Canberra political figures; Melbourne in the early 1960s; Ballarat in the 1940s; Australian art market.

Notes

Recorded on 2 March 2010 at University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) 
Subjects Thomas, David, 1937- -- Interviews.  |  Art historians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Art -- Australia -- Management.
Occupation Art gallery directors.  |  Art historians.
Other authors/contributors Palmer, Sheridan, Interviewer

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