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Sir Howard Beale interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 719685
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Beale, Howard, Sir, 1898-1983, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1976 Oct. 20-21 
3 tape reels (ca. 414 min.) : 1 7/8 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Sir Howard Beale, a diplomat and politician, talks of his family background; his early life in Sydney; his memories of World War I; his admission to the Bar; the Depression; the Law and politicians; lecturing to the Army Education Department during World War II ; Voluntary Naval Researve; influence of Holman on him; establishment of the Liberal Party; standing for the seat of Parramatta; experience in Opposition; Menzies' leadership; 1949 elections; Chifley; Evatt; Calwell; Forde; Information and Transport portfolios; standardisation of railways; Supply portfolio; Stevens; Frank O'Connor; Supply; Jindivik; Dr Butement; Rum Jungle; CRA; Montebello Islands; atomic tests; Emu Field; Maralinga; William Penney; Aluminium Commission, Tas.; Public Accounts Inquiry, Bell Bay; Storey; Lucas Heights; St Mary's Project 590; his relations with Menzies; the coalition; Casey; Spender; Harrison; Page; Fadden; "Horror Budget"; Menzies as leader; Calwell; Ward; Evatt as leader of the Opposition; divorce legislation, 1957; Suez Conflict; Menzies as Prime Minister; Petrov Affair; appointment as Ambassador to the US; Eisenhower; Dulles; Eisenhower administration; proposed UN meeting of Kruschev and Eisenhower; Kennedy; socialism during his university days ; Kennedy as President; Cuban crisis; Kennedy's inauguration; Gridiron Society; ANZUS treaty; dinner for Kennedy; Gretel; Kennedy's death; Johnson; Nixon; social life in Washington; making speeches; honorary doctorates; Woodward Lecture; Sukarno and West New Guinea; PKI insurrection; Vietnam War; his retirement; Australian financial interests in the US.

Biography/History

Sir Howard Beale was Member for Parramatta in the Federal Parliament from 1946-1958. In this time he was Minister for Information, Minister for Transport and Minister for Defence and Production. From 1957-1964 he was Ambassador to the United States of America.

Notes

Recorded at Sir Howard's offices, Sydney.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214918220

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript available : (137 p.). 
Subjects Beale, Howard, Sir, 1898-1983 -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/82
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ORAL TRC 121/82 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/82 (summary)
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