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Henry Leon interviewed by Stephen Mills in Rusted on - grassroots activists within Australia’s political parties oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 6102569
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Leon, Henry, 1940-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2012 
2 sound files (ca. 144 min.) 
Series

Rusted on - grassroots activists within Australia’s political parties oral history project.

Summary

Henry Leon talks about his childhood and family life growing up in South Africa; schooling and electrical apprenticeship in Kimberley (South Africa); joining a trade union after obtaining work in the local Council; living under the Apartheid regime; how his father, Sonny Leon, influenced his political thinking; activities of his father in the United Party and in the Labour Party in the Coloured Representative Council; reaction to the ‘Group Areas Act’; the decision to migrate to Australia; joining the Australian Labor Party; description of the activities of the Peakhurst Branch and the activities of Branch members during election campaigns.

Notes

This interview is part of a joint oral history project conducted by the National Library of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Recorded on 14 September 2012 in Peakhurst, N.S.W.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Summary not yet available. 
Subjects Leon, Henry, 1940- -- Interviews.  |  Leon, Sonny, 1911- -- Anecdotes.  |  Australian Labor Party. Peakhurst Branch -- History.  |  Political activists -- New South Wales.  |  Apartheid -- South Africa -- History.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th Century.  |  South Africa -- Social conditions.
Occupation Political activists.
Other authors/contributors Mills, Stephen, 1954-, Interviewer

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