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Edward Williams interviewed by Daniel Connell in the Australians of the Year oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 610746
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Williams, E. S. (Edward Stratten), 1921-1999, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1995 Apr. 10 
5 digital audio tapes (314 min.) ; 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 in. 

Australians of the Year oral history project.


Justice Edward Williams speaks of his family background, reasons for choosing law, his dual law studies and World War II service (mainly in the airforce and in Britain), the Republic debate, knighthoods, post-war return to Australia and entering private practice, Magistrates Court, financial rewards, self- and court regulation, Playground and Recreation Association (Qld. Branch), Federal practice, the Family Court, life as a Supreme Court judge, writing up judgements, Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen and Queensland politics, Queensland Turf Club Committee, Australian Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drugs 1977-1980, International Narcotics Control Board, Queensland Parole Board, National Crime Commission, 1982 Commonwealth Games, Sam Ramsammy, Malcolm Fraser, Prisoner's Aid Society, Corrective Services Commission, racing dispute with Mr Gibbs and its consequences, Anti-Cancer Council, Australian of the Year, horse racing and its appeal, Expo 88, Fiji Court of Appeal, his children, other interests, Elders and other company directorships, Holmes a Court, Fitzgerald Royal Commission, opinion on politicians.


Williams was a very energetic Queensland Supreme Court Judge, involving himself in the Queensland Parole Board, the Royal Commission Inquiry into Drugs 1977-80, the International Narcotics Control Board Vienna, the Anti-Cancer Council, the Queensland Playground and Recreation Association, and chairing the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games and Expo '88, to list only his principal achievements.


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Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 97 leaves) 
Subjects Williams, E. S. (Edward Stratten), 1921-1999 -- Interviews.  |  Playground and Recreation Association of Queensland.  |  Commonwealth Games (12th : 1982 : Brisbane, Qld.)  |  Expo (International Exhibitions Bureau) (1988 : Brisbane, Qld.)  |  Australian of the Year Award -- Interviews.  |  Judges -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Judicial process -- Australia.  |  Drug control.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1965-
Other authors/contributors Connell, Daniel, 1947-, Interviewer

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