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Thomas McKernan speaks about his life and career for Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 667963
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
McKernan, Thomas James, 1912-1979, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1978 
2 sound tape reels (ca. 250 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips, half track, mono. ; 7 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

McKernan, a journalist and overseas correspondent, publicity officer for the National Capital Development Commission, speaks about early childhood in Northcote; his family background; living conditions during World War I such as food rations, illness brought on by Spanish flu epidemic, education at St. Patrick's College from age 8-17; Melbourne cable trams, police strike of the 1920s as he was told by his father; lawlessness and looting by returned soldiers from WWI; death of father and poverty of McKernan family; first job as student teacher at Brighton Road School in St. Kilda; how he entered journalism in 1948 with Radio Australia; the aftermath of World War II; his work in publicity with Dept. of Immigration to attract migrants plus produce a newspaper promoting Australia; how Australians reacted to immigrants; how the Dept. of Information in 1949 headed by Kevin Murphy; was replaced by Menzies with the News and Information Bureau; Kevin Murphy's view of these events; his opnion of Mel Pratt as Director of the Bureau and Ian Hamilton; migrants' convention held in Melbourne celebrating the one millionth migrant to Australia.

Notes

Recorded on 6 February 1978.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221588265

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (10 p.) and uncorrected draft transcript available (typescript, 97 leaves) 
Subjects McKernan, Thomas James, 1912-1979 -- Interviews.  |  Australia. National Capital Development Commission -- Officials and employees -- Interviews.  |  Australia. National Capital Development Commission -- Public relations.  |  Foreign correspondents -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  City planning -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra -- History.  |  Regional planning -- Australian Capital Territory -- Administration.
Occupation Journalists.  |  Public relations personnel.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 645
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ORAL TRC 645 (transcript)
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Special Collections Reading Room
ORAL TRC 645 (summary)
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