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Frederick Scherger interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 727197
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Scherger, Frederick, Sir, 1904-1984, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1973-1975 
3 sound tape reels (ca. 480 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips, half track, mono. ; 7 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection

Summary

Sir Frederick Scherger, Chairman of the Australian National Airline Commission, discusses Point Cook; small aircraft; Australia's reliance on Singapore; outbreak of war; the Ellington Report; Empire Air Training Scheme; Darwin 1941; Japanese raid on Darwin; No. 10 Operations Group; cooperation with the Americans; Noemfor Island; British Commonwealth Occupation Force, Japan; relationships with allies; Bostock; responsibility and authority; forward planning of the Air Force; RAAF in Korea, Malaya, Middle East; John McCauley; George Jones; Donald Hardman; trust between US and Australian Defence Departments; Frederick Sheddon; Edwin Hicks; RAAF as a "Club"' housing; Laverton ; F104; Townley; the Hercules; army rank structure; officers' list; Ministers; John Curtin; Malayan emergency; reconnaissance; bombing; supplies; jungle gardens; psychological warfare; helicopters; Prestwick Pioneer; Thai border; RAF and RAAF relations; relations between Chinese and Malays; Bill Carbonnel; Air Board; Wackett; Walters; Rechner; Air Board and policy; defence in 1950s; RAAF defence planning; re-armament; Defence Committee; Roy Dowling; Henry Burrell; Ragner Garrett; Reginald Pollard; Valston Hancock; John Wilton; Hastings Harrington; 1956 defence review; integration of departments; national service; F111s; purchase of equipment; St Mary's filling factory; standardisation of equipment; Chiefs of Staff Committee; conscription; unrest in SE Asia; his achievements and disappointments; TAA; TAA staff; Civil Aviation; Qantas; two airline policy; Electra; one class travel; full recovery policy; privatisation; John Ryland; his achievements and disappointments; his interests; Australia and aviation.

Biography/History

Sir Frederick Scherger was Chairman of the Australian National Airlines Commission from 1966-1975 after a distinguished career in the R.A.A.F. in which he achieved the rank of Air Chief Marshal.

Notes

Recorded at the Headquarters building of TransAustralian Airways and at the National Library from Nov. 13, 1973 to Jan. 21, 1975.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221561325

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript available (138 p.). 
Subjects Scherger, Frederick, Sir, 1904-1984 -- Interviews.  |  Australian National Airline Commission.  |  Retired military personnel -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Darwin (N.T.) -- History -- Bombardment, 1942.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/52
Copy: Recording
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ORAL TRC 121/52 (transcript)
Copy: Transcript
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ORAL TRC 121/52 (summary)
Copy: Summary
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