National Library of Australia

<< Previous record  /  Next record >>
Record 4 of 10
You must be logged in to Tag Records
Barry York interviewed by Joan Garvan in the China Maytime Festival Tour 1971 oral history project
Bib ID 6223205
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [spoken word]
York, Barry, 1951-, Interviewee
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2013 
6 sound files (approximately 418 min.) 

China Maytime Festival Tour 1971 oral history project.


Barry York born in England, talks about his family; arriving in Melbourne; living in Brunswick; his father; his interest in writing; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the demonstration in response to Ronald Ryan's death penalty; Pastor Doug Nicholls from the Aboriginal Advancement League; Rod Serling's influence (Twilight Zone); Arthur Calwell; Australian Labor Party; Martin Luther King Jr.; Australia-China Friendship Society; Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist); the Vietnam War; conscription; Eureka Youth League; the International Bookshop; La Trobe University; Labor Club; Maoists; David Muller; loss of studentship; being expelled from University in 1971; Pentridge Gaol; finishing his degree part-time; majoring in History and English to become a teacher; blacklisted by Victorian Education Department; his political development; his revolutionary left-wing politics; Master of Arts at Sydney University; Grant Evans; Bromley King; Laurie Carmichael Jr. court case; Trades Hall; arrest; Ted Hill; workers compensation law; atheism; his court case; campus activities and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation; being invited to join the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist); Clarrie O'Shea; Norm Gallagher; Maoism; the Cultural Revolution; revolutionary politics; police brutality; overseas military coups; University Chancellor Archibald Glenn; Australian Union of Students; Albert Langer; the Vanguard newspaper; Duncan Clarke; his doubts about political involvement; Monash University; Louis Matheson; Monash Labor Club; La Trobe Labor Club; the Student Representative Council; Clubs and Societies Council; activism; helping draft resisters; Dr Spock; Jim Cairns; Sam Goldbloom; John Gorton; Gough Whitlam; under Whitlam draft resisters were released; Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh; a Vietcong defector; diplomatic relations with China.

York talks about his Maytime Tour of China; the Little Red Book; his visits to Canton, Peking, Shanghai, Yan'an and Peking University; meeting with Zhou Enlai; Australian Table Tennis Federation, Dr John Jackson; York talks about Ping Pong Diplomacy; architecture of China; the Forbidden City; the daily routine of his visit; visiting a People's Liberation Army Camp; waterside workers; discussing the Free speech movement; Great Hall of the People; the perception of Chinese invading Australia via Vietnam; trade with China; Rewi Alley; Australia-China Friendship Society; his thoughts on the recent occasion of Tahrir Square in Egypt; his trip to China fortified his position on the left as a Maoist; Red Guard; revolutionary committees; the impact of the trip and his continuing political activity; La Trobe University; being expelled; attaining his degree; Anti-Imperialist demonstrations; communes; photographic slides of China; West Brunswick Boy Scouts; Catholic priest, Father Val Noone; the reception of people of his visit; his thoughts on the impact of his visit to China; today's China; memorabilia; Kath Kelly; National Library of Australia; Menzies College; Dr Myers; Chinglish; bureaucratisation; bourgeois ideology; Den Xiaoping; Asian capitalism in Shanghai; Malcolm Fraser's speech at the time of Mao's death; Gang of Four; dogmatic non-Marxism; Tiananmen Square; capitalism without democracy and fascism; social fascism; his appreciation of doing the recording; mentions his daughter learning Mandarin; 'the future is bright but the path is tortuous'.


Recorded on 16, 17, 23 and 29 March 2013 in Canberra, A.C.T.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (28 pages) 
Subjects York, Barry, 1951- -- Interviews.  |  Historians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  China -- Foreign relations -- 1949-1976 -- Anecdotes.
Occupation Historians.
Other authors/contributors Garvan, Joan, 1951-, Interviewer

In the Library

Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video Help Video.

Details Collect From
ORAL TRC 6500/3
Copy: Recording
Special Collections Reading Room
ORAL TRC 6500/3 (summary)
Copy: Summary
Special Collections Reading Room

Order a copy

- Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. We will contact you if necessary.

Help Video To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video Help Video.
close Can I borrow items from the Library?

You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

You can view this on the NLA website.

close What can I get online?

You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

You can view this on the NLA website.

close Can I get copies of items from the Library?

You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

You can view this on the NLA website.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.