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George Godfrey interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 733432
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Godfrey, George Fuller, 1904-1989, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1975 Nov. 15 
2 tape reels (ca. 219 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Godfrey, a journalist, talks of his early life in England; Queen's College, Cambridge; General Strike; New Settlers' League; working at the "Argus"; importance of the "Argus"; working at the "Sun"; the Depression; closure of the State Savings Bank; "buying accounts"; E. George Marks; building of Sydney Harbour Bridge; Charles Hardy; Riverina movement; J.T. Lang and the 1932 campaign; John Hughes; police round for the "Sun"; Alderman Crick and the Japanese invasion; Bunnerong Power Station; Sim Rubinsohn; Nazis in Australia; censorship; manpower of the newspaper industry; code of ethics for AJA members; Australian Newspaper Board; establishment of the Press Council; his interest in Labor politics; shots fired by the "Chicago"; political freedom and the "Sydney Morning Herald"; censorship dispute of 1941; "News" composite paper; jibe at Ernie Thornton.

Godfrey discusses the Labor Party education committee; "Labor Digest"; electoral campaign against Spender; bank nationalisation; Fabian Society; Labor Party and Catholocism; democratic socialism; Publishing Authority; Catholic Action; Dr Evatt's membership ticket; Groupers; Jefffrey Charles James; the "Clarion"; AJA jealousies between Sydney and Melbourne; Sid Pratt; summary of AJA social activities 1954-1971; summary of AJA industrial activities; wage rises for metropolitan journalists; strike over down gradings; Sir William Walkley; foreign policy and the 1968 ALP conference; Westaway; Burns Report; democratic socialism and Whitlam; shooting of Arthur Calwell; Media Women's Action Group; C.B.E. award; retirement from John Fairfax service; Whitlam's dismissal.

Biography/History

Mr. Godfrey pursued an active career in journalism in Australia for 50 years and was well known for his work on the Australian Journalists' Association.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Sydney.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214909841

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (typescript, 92 leaves) 
Subjects Godfrey, George Fuller, 1904-1989 -- Interviews.  |  Australian Journalists' Association.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/69
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ORAL TRC 121/69 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/69 (summary)
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