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Ron Harvey interviewed by Mick Fogarty in the Sport oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5432296
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Harvey, Ron, 1934-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
2 sound files (ca. 182 min.) 
Series

Sport oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

Ron Harvey, born in Perth (1934), discusses his early life and family background; his schooling; WWII; getting his first job at age 12; leaving school at age 14; working for and serving with the Australian Army; moving to Melbourne and then Canberra; playing in local basketball competitions; the beginning of a national basketball competition; coaching school and men's teams; being involved in A.C.T. basketball administration; people he coached who became professional basketballers; working for the Public Service Board (1963-); joining the Prime Minister's Department; Prime Ministers Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke; other political figures that he worked with; the establishment of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS); the Moscow Olympics boycott (1980); joining the Department of Sport, Tourism and Recreation; joining the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; the Bicentenary celebrations (1988); his work as Director of the AIS; the importance of coaches.

Harvey discusses changes in priority sports in Australia; his work as Deputy Chair and Chief Executive of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC); the establishment of the ASC; the merger of the AIS and ASC; a Senate Inquiry into Drugs in Sport; becoming CEO of the National Basketball League Gold Coast; the strength of Australian basketball in the 1980s; working as Chief of Staff for various Ministers; his work as Administrator of the Christmas and Cocos Islands; his work with the Australian Olympic Committee (1993-); preparations for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games; his work as Australian Consul-General to Chicago, U.S.; his work as Director of the Football Federation Australia; being elected as International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Vice-president for Oceania; the 2003 Report of the Independent Soccer Review Committee (the Crawford Report); receiving the International Olympic Committee Pierre De Coubertin Medal (2008); the value of sport to Australia; the state of sport in Australia today.

Notes

Recorded on 12 July 2011 at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (7 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 91 leaves) available. 
Subjects Harvey, Ron, 1934- -- Interviews.  |  Sports administration -- Australia.  |  Australia -- Officials and employees -- Interviews.
Occupation Sports administrators.  |  Public servants.

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ORAL TRC 5900/94
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ORAL TRC 5900/94 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 5900/94 (summary)
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