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Jack Kelly interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 716721
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Kelly, J. H. (John Henry), 1895-1983, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1971 Feb. 5-12 - 1974 Sept. 11 
6 tape reels : 1 7/8 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 

Mel Pratt collection.


Mr Kelly, a rural and industrial consultant, talks of his early life in Sydney; his enlistment in the AIF in World War I; land settlement in the Irrigation Scheme; Farmers and Settlers Association; the Land Valuation court; the Depression; rural crisis today; Burrinjuck Dam; proposal to divert Snowy waters; enlistment in World War II; War Service Land Settlement Scheme; Sydney Conference; Brigalow country; difficulties of the Settlement Scheme; beef industry in the Northern Territory; Payne Committee; uniform taxation; absentee holders; station by station survey; Aboriginal stockmen; Rosewood Station; Vesteys; treatment of Aborigines; Humpty Doo rice scheme; Glenroy Station abbattoir scheme; beef roads programme; absentee holders; surveys 1949-1950; crown lands ordinance; BAE 1952 report; 1967 survey Stanbroke Pastoral Company; Hooker Pastoral Company; Ord River Scheme; beef production potentialities; Aboriginal reserves; proposal to create Snowy Mountains Scheme; Beef Roads Programme; Tancred Bros; Kurt Johansen; Vesteys; road proposals; Northern Australia Development Commission; beef cattle industry; Vestey; Bovril; Ord-Victoria; Katherine-Darwin; Burdekin River Basin; 1948 survey; agreement with Vesteys; rentals; Northern Territory meat production programme; farm and station improvements.


Mr Kelly was a founding member of the Commonwealth Bureau of Agricultural Economics and a lobbyist for the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme. Among his achievements are the War Service Land Settlement Scheme after World War II, and the road systems established to make the cattle industry more effective.


Recorded at his home in Canberra.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript: (343 p.) 
Subjects Kelly, J. H. (John Henry), 1895-1983 -- Interviews.  |  Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme.  |  Consultants -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Beef cattle -- Northern Territory.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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