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Jack Cambourn interviewed by Richard Raxworthy in the Labor Council of New South Wales oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 726343
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Cambourn, Jack, 1928-2015, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Written permission from the Labor Council of New South Wales required for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1988 
10 tape reels (ca. 306 min.) : 3 3/4 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Labor Council of New South Wales oral history project.

Summary

Cambourn, National Secretary of the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemen's Association of Australasia, speaks about his childhood in Balmain during the Depression; his parents and their communist views; his schooling; Eureka Youth League; his early jobs; Balmain Branch of the Federated Ironworkers Association; the Communist Party of Australia; Labor Government; 1949 coal strike; working in the Holden factory in South Australia; joining the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemen's Association; time as FEDFA organiser; changes in the Communist Party; ALP Industrial Groups; FEDFA relations with the FIA; FEDFA deregistration in 1948, 1953 and 1959; rebuilding the FEDFA after the 1959 deregistration; the New South Wales Labor Council and delegates; Unsworth Government; Jack Mundey and the Green Bans; Whitlam Government; relations of FEDFA with the Builders' Labourers' Federation; immigrants and unionism; corruption.

Notes

Part of a collection of interviews with former and present trade union leaders, produced as a joint project by the Labor Council of New South Wales and the National Library of Australia.

Part of interview may have been conducted by Frank Farrell.

Recorded on 13, 14 and 22 April 1988.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 125 leaves) available. 
Subjects Cambourn, Jack, 1928-2015 -- Interviews.  |  Communist Party of Australia -- History.  |  Federated Engine Drivers and Firemen's Association of Australasia -- History.  |  Communists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Labor leaders -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Raxworthy, Richard, 1932-2003, Interviewer  |  Labor Council of New South Wales  |  National Library of Australia

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