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Primrose Potter interviewed by Michelle Potter [sound recording]
Bib ID 5017828
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Potter, Primrose, 1931-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Written permission required for research; access closed for personal copies and public use until 2060. 
Description 2010 
2 sound files (ca. 170 min.) 

Primrose Potter talks about her lifelong interest in ballet; her family background; her education; attending concerts at the Sydney Conservatorium; travelling to Russia with the Australian Ballet; the Ballets Russes touring companies in Sydney in the 1930s; social life in Sydney and London after leaving school; her first marriage; working at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney; her interest in Italy and the Italian language; bringing an exhibition of photographs of Palladian architecture to Australia; the Australian Bicentenary; her first impressions of Ian Potter, her second husband, his business activities in finance and business sense; his family background; the Ian Potter Foundation; moving to Melbourne; common interests shared with her husband; her connections with the Australian Ballet; Borovansky Ballet; growth of the Australian Ballet through the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust; galas; royal connections; highlights of her philanthropic work with the Australian Ballet.

Potter discusses the Palladio Foundation; the establishment of the Bell Shakespeare Company; the establishment of the Melbourne Opera Company and its patronage; Opera Australia; arts funding; Australian Ballet Dancers Company, the nature of arts touring in small regional centres; the Most Noble order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem; the establishment of the organisation, Aids and Arts through the Lazarus Centre; International aid relief; Lazarus Centres, operation as drop-in centres for the homeless; the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia, origins of the organisation; Leadership Australia; Indigenous issues, education, health and nutrition; Melba Recordings; women and the Australian Constitution; the nature of philanthropy in Australia; volunteer programs in schools; an Honorary doctorate and her attitude to recognition of her philanthropy; her national and family pride.


Recorded on 7-8 December 2010 in Melbourne, Vic.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.) 
Subjects Potter, Primrose, 1931- -- Interviews.  |  Potter, Ian, Sir -- Anecdotes.  |  Philanthropists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Benefactors -- Australia -- Interviews.
Occupation Philanthropists.  |  Benefactors.
Other authors/contributors Potter, Michelle, 1944-, Interviewer


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