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Dame Enid Lyons interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 728124
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Lyons, Enid Muriel, Dame, 1897-1981, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1972 Mar. 13-22 
2 sound tape reels ; 5 in. 

Mel Pratt collection.


Dame Enid comments on her husband's schooling, interests and persuasiveness; George Pearce; Joe's "illiteracy"; his character; myth of support of Victorian establishment; his relationship with Casey; his qualifications for political eminence; her conversion to Catholicism; accusation of her dominating Joe; conscription; Father O'Donnell; her early life in Tasmania; King O'Malley; educational changes in Tasmania; Mr Neale; honeymoon at the Premiers' Conference; Mrs Holman; the Labor Party and class consciousness; interest in politics; Blackburn interpretation; problems faced by Joe as Premier; relationship with trade unions; Lyons entry into Federal government; difference between Federal and Tasmanian Labor Parties; Lyons as Acting Treasurer; break with Labor Party; standards of values in politics; Theodore; Albert Ogilvie; conversion of loan campaign; Nationalist Party; relations between UAP and Country Party; Frank Green; Catholic education; Australian Women's National League and United Australia party; preparing Australia for war; Lyons' relationship with Menzies; Menzies and Murdoch; Menzies and Mussolini; Munich Crisis; Germany and Czechoslovakia; Chamberlain; Lyons' death; the Baldwins; her running for Parliament; opposition from the Labor party; Dorothy Tangney; attitude of colleagues to women in parliament; Calwell and immigration; her relationship with Menzies; Menzies' attacks on Curtin; her maiden speech; workload as a politician; endowment for first child; inclusion in Cabinet; Henry Gullett; leakages from Cabinet; retirement from politics; experiences in journalism; Australian Broadcasting Commission; Boyer; being made Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.


Dame Enid Lyons was the wife of Prime Minister Joseph Lyons. She was also the first woman elected to the House of Representatives and first woman member of Federal Cabinet.


Recorded at her daughter's home in Canberra.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (11 p) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 62 leaves) 
Subjects Lyons, Enid Muriel, Dame, 1897-1981 -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Women -- Political activity -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Prime ministers' spouses -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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