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Brian Dunnett interviewed by Alex Hood and Annette Hood in the Alex Hood folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 5759151
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Dunnett, Brian, 1935-2016, interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 Sept. 24 
1 sound file (ca. 121 min.) 

Alex Hood folklore collection.


Folkloric recording. Brian Dunnett talks about the Chullora Workshops; the folk revival; his union involvement and 'blacklisting', subsequent employment (1968); his anti-Vietnam War involvement; the nature of work at Chullora and WWII wartime work; the nature of 'shop committees'; problems in the Labor Movement, the basis of Labor Party; the establishment of Labor History Museum; the Socialist Movement; the influence of the Communist Party, 1950's and 1960's; the conflicts between a multitude of different Unions; Combined Union Organisation; the power of Union Officials and alienation of rank and file members; the involvement of the Unions in social matters, the Enviromental Movement, Green Bans; he traces the history of railway work, its changing nature and resulting influences; his involvement in community arts and the past influence of Railway Institutes; the importance of libraries and education of workers.

Dunnett discusses his involvement in the 'Arts in Working Life' movement; the history of concerts in railway workshops, back to WWII; the use of 'Q Theatre' shows, the 'Sidetrack Theatre', setting up shows and theatre at Chullora Workshops; how the theatre company organised the plays; how it led to classes in theatre disciplines for the worker; Harry Robertson; the production of C.D.s and literature; the Australia Council; the proposed Labor Museum; railway folklore; the Bicentenary; David Hill; setting up the Travelling Railway History Exhibition, with help given by Transport Unions (now stored at Werris Creek Museum); the condition and development of the exhibition; his specific interest in railway history and folklore; Everleigh Workshops; a Railways Film Festival; his concern for the future of rail travel; the film, 'The Railway Man'; the 'Carriage Works Theatre'; his work to establish 'The Music Train' in conjunction with 'The Illawarra Folk Festival', the functions of the train, the division of carriages, artists involved, schools involvement.


Recorded on 24 September 2011 in Kurnell, N.S.W.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) available. 
Subjects Dunnett, Brian, 1935-2016 -- Interviews.  |  Chullora Railway Workshops (N.S.W)  |  Electricians -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Communism -- Australia -- History.  |  Railroads -- Australia -- Employees -- Anecdotes.  |  Labor unions -- Australia -- History.  |  Amateur theater -- New South Wales -- History.
Occupation Electricians.
Other authors/contributors Hood, Alex, 1935- interviewer  |  Hood, Annette, 1948- interviewer


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