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Peter Evans interviewed by Susan Marsden in the Australian generations oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5972551
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Evans, Peter, 1957-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
3 sound files (ca. 254 min.) 

Australian generations oral history project.


Peter Evans talks about his family background; his childhood in suburban Adelaide; childhood adventures; childhood games and sports; father's work at General Motors Holden; family cars; siblings; religion; his education; dyslexia; his interest in science; grandparents; family trips with caravan; family’s health; family meals; witnessing an accident when a cadet (c1969) the later impact on him; his anti-war activism; joining Young Labor; nurse training and life in Royal Adelaide Nurses' Home; sexuality; the gay subculture in Adelaide (a focal point of gay life in Australia after decriminalisation); moving to and life in Sydney in 1970s; work and non-work after nurse training; life on the dole; relationships; the drug culture; the gay exodus to Sydney (1980s); participating in gay activism; resuming his nursing career and nurse training at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Narcotics Anonymous (NA); Brett Whiteley; punk subculture in Adelaide (1970s); the impact of HIV/AIDS in the community; moving to London (1933) after spending two years in Jeddah working for the National Guard hospital; Gulf War; working at Phoenix House (U.K.) an institution set up for intravenous drug users with HIV; sick building syndrome; his first episodes of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).

Evans discusses his decision to return to Australia; Kangaroo Island; exclusion diet; resuming work in Adelaide (AIDS Council and nursing); the return of his illness which curtailed his working life; the differences between cultures working as a nurse in hospitals and at the AIDS Council; life with his present partner (since 1996); being permanently disabled with MCS since 2000; his personal crisis offering him a vocation; meetings with MPs, arranging rallies and convening the South Australian Task Force on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity; the Inquiry into MCS by the South Australian Parliament's Social Development Committee and recommendations; the opposition of the medical mainstream, including against public education; MCS Reference Group; World Health Organization; his submission to the National Casemix Classification Centre; the significant and key events and influences in his life; changes over his lifetime and dealing with chronic illness; his identification as a late Baby boomer and with the younger generation; commonalities and differences between his and his parents' generation and the younger generation; the main challenges faced by his generation.


Catalogue record generated as part of a batch load.

Recorded on 26 October 2011 in Burnside, S. Aust.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Detailed summary (9 p.) 
Subjects Evans, Peter, 1957- -- Interviews.  |  Nurses -- South Australia -- Interviews.  |  Baby boom generation -- South Australia -- Interviews.  |  Age-structured populations -- South Australia.  |  Environmentally induced diseases.  |  AIDS activists -- South Australia.
Other authors/contributors Marsden, Susan, 1952-, Interviewer


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