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Bertram Castellari interviewed by Matthew Higgins in the Australian generations oral history project
Bib ID 6252044
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [spoken word]
Author
Castellari, Bertram, 1923-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2012 
5 sound files (approximately 267 min.) 
Series

Australian generations oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

Bertram Castellari talks about his Italian born father and his English born mother; their lives and career; WWI; his birth in London; moving to Sydney, Australia in the 1920’s; his childhood; his education; his friend Morris Cohen; his siblings; his interest in science; starting a science fiction magazine; his career as a journalist; being a copy boy at Sydney Sun; working for the Daily Mirror till January 1942; joining the army; WWII; his experiences in Papua New Guinea and Borneo; the tank noise leading to his deafness; Department of Veterans Affairs; serving in Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force; his political views; repatriation; his Daily Telegraph job in South Korea; his position Acting Deputy Chief of Staff and later Deputy Chief of Staff at Daily Telegraph; meeting his wife Gloria Goodwin; their 60 years of marriage and their 3 children; fatherhood and family life; 10 years at Sydney Morning Herald; the Australian Journalists Association; the HMAS Voyager collision and the subsequent Royal Commission hearings; reporting on the land speed record by Donald Campbell at Lake Eyre in his Bluebird; Acting Chief of Staff at Herald in early 1960’s; the benefits of moving to Canberra; Specialised Press Agency; Hawke Government; Ministerial Media Group; Barry Cohen and Michael Duffy; also working with Peter Morris but leaving due to deafness in 1989; the major technological changes during his career; media coverage; public attitudes; marketing; his views on parliamentarians; his book about backbenchers; generations; the change of language; old age; multiculturalism; gender prejudice in newspaper staffing; retirement; his interest in astronomy; being an avid reader; his health and public health.

Notes

Catalogue record generated as part of a batch load.

Recorded on 17 and 18 April 2012 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (10 pages) and 123 page uncorrected transcript. 
Subjects Castellari, Bertram, 1923- -- Interviews.  |  Journalists -- Australian Capital Territory -- Interviews.  |  Age-structured populations -- Australia.  |  Intergenerational relations.
Occupation Journalists.
Other authors/contributors Higgins, Matthew, 1957-, Interviewer

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