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Hubert Opperman interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 728078
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Opperman, H. F. (Hubert Ferdinand), 1904-1996, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1975 Mar. 4-5 
3 tape reels (ca. 585 min.) ; 5 in. 

Mel Pratt collection.


Sir Hubert describes growing up in the country; learning to ride a bicycle; working at the "Herald"; Frank Kelynarck; Keith Murdock; appointment to the Post Office at Malvern; Andy Fletcher; Percy Cerutty; post office bicycles; cycle competition; Oakleigh West Cycling Club; Bill and George Costello; road conditions; racing; Navigation Dept.; John King Davis; Willis Island; Jack McConville; Bruce Small; Melbourne Exhibition; Golden Lap Race; Warrnambool; Melbourne Motordrome; Corry; League of Victorian Wheelmen; Dunlop Grand Prix; Tour de France; Press notices; Sydney-Melbourne race; European races in 1928; Malvern Star publicity; accidents; Kalgoorlie to Perth record; Land End-John O'Groats race; Francis Birtles; Billy Read; Herb Elliott Snr; hazards of the outback; Hay diet; Dick Crossley and running; Malvern Star business; entry into Air Force; Andy Swan; Champion; maintaining discipline in the Air Force; Breddan; retirement from racing; politics; Moorabbin airport; People's Freedom Movement; Federal Member for Corio; Menzies; Chifley; Dedman; Joe Gullett; strain of Parliamentary life; experience as Whip; Archie Cameron; Phil McBride; Berry; Ted Peters; Mullens; DLP; Shipping and Transport; Evans; Deakin; Immigration; Prasad case; Menzies' resignation; Alan Fairhall; Holt; Dame Zara Holt; Menzies' cabinet; Gorton; Sneddon; Malcolm Fraser; Waller; Malta; Heath; Mintoff.


Sir Hubert held the Federal House of Representatives' seat of Corio, Victoria, from 1949-1967 and was Commissioner for Malta 1967-1972. He was also a champion cyclist.


Recorded at his office in Melbourne, Vic.

Also available online

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (37 p.) and transcript (213 p.) 
Subjects Opperman, H. F. (Hubert Ferdinand), 1904-1996 -- Interviews.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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