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Shirley Andrews interviewed by Wendy Lowenstein in the Communists and the Left in the arts and community oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 562289
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Andrews, Shirley, 1915-2001, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1993- 1994 
4 digital audio tapes (ca. 360 min.) 
Series

Communists and the Left in the arts and community oral history project.

Summary

Shirley Andrews, former biochemist and folk dance teacher, speaks of family background & home in central Melbourne; her evening dance studies with Borovansky Ballet; her biochemistry studies, Melbourne University; contact with Council Against War and Fascism and her involvement with Unity Dance Group. She discusses Australian participation at Berlin Youth Festival; folk dance in Australia; the 1954 production of Reedy River; Victorian Folk Music Club; Council of Aboriginal Affairs; dance research for the Communist Party of Australia; folk revival & the communist movement; influences on Australian folk tradition; women & the Communist Party and dropping out of the Party. She speaks about Australian social dance; her views on music & dance; folk tradition & feminism; her biochemistry career; the defection of Russians on tour organised through Australia-Soviet Friendship Society; Radical Scientists Group; Aboriginal rights movement; the Council for Aboriginal Rights; Aboriginal Advancement League; union involvement in Aboriginal reforms; Jessie Street and other activists; 1967 Referendum; Communists and Aboriginal rights; Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders; the Namatjira court case and land rights.

Biography/History

A noted Australian dance authority, Andrews trained as a biochemist and studied folk dance with the Borovansky Ballet before joining the Unity Dance Group. She became a member of the Communist Party of Australia in 1945 and was active in the Australian folk revival and the struggle for Aboriginal rights.

Notes

Recorded on June 10, 1993; June 24, 1993; Sept. 14, 1993; Apr. 14, 1994 at Melbourne, Vic.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221185217

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary available. 
Subjects Andrews, Shirley, 1915-2001 -- Interviews.  |  Borovansky Ballet.  |  Folk dance teachers -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Interviews.  |  Biochemists -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Interviews.  |  Communists -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Interviews.  |  Folk dance -- Australia -- History.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Civil rights.
Other authors/contributors Lowenstein, Wendy, 1927-2006, Interviewer

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