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Mary Bluett interviewed by Rosemary Francis in the Women and leadership in a century of Australian democracy oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5448649
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Bluett, Mary, 1951-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
3 sound files (ca. 218 min.) 
Series

Women and leadership in a century of Australian democracy oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

Mary Bluett discusses family life and background; eldest of 13 children, domestic responsibilities; community support; father's death, Norfolk Island; grieving; mother's financial circumstances, Widow's pension; mother's employment; religion; sporting activities; organising, negotiating from an early age; career choice; teacher's college; Brian Boyd; student politics; Vietnam War protests; union membership; Camberwell High School; teaching conditions; holding the positions of Vice President, Deputy President and President of the VSTA (Victorian Secondary Teachers Association); first female President of the VSTA,1994; first female President of the Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch, 1998; Federal Executive member and a director of the International Trust Fund; also been Victorian Trades Hall Council Vice President as well as Executive member over many years; VSTA first union to gain 7 years family leave with right to return to work.

Bluett talks about establishing her teaching career then having children; her marriage separation (1991); industrial campaigns; industrial agreements; leadership role; community engagement; Jeff Kennett; media contact; role of union; women and leadership; work/life balance for women; collaboration of women as leaders; mentoring; Meredith Peace; personal costs; Brian Henderson; feminism; Sharon Burrow; Susan Hopgood; developed her strategic, political skills within her family.

Notes

Recorded on 21 and 30 June 2011 in Abbotsford, Vic.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (7 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 79 leaves). 
Subjects Bluett, Mary, 1951- -- Interviews.  |  Australian Education Union Victorian Branch -- Employees.  |  Education -- Victoria.
Other authors/contributors Francis, Rosemary, Interviewer

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