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Clifford Burmester interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 734635
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Burmester, C. A. (Clifford Amandus), 1910-1991, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1974 July 25 
1 tape reel : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Burmester talks of his trip to Canberra from Western Australia; the railway in Canberra in 1935; the Parliamentary triangle; a cloudburst on Mt Ainslie; government departments; Kings Ave.; Commonwealth Ave; brown snakes; the racecourse; the golf course; hotels; cafes; King O'Malley and prohibition; Cricketers' Arms at Ginnindera; Kingston Guesthouse; Government Printing Office; Hotel Kurrajong; Bachelors quarters; Beauchamp House; Hotel Acton; Gorman House; Glebe House; Andy MacAllister; dressing for dinner; buses; cost of living; wood fires; Canberra as a country town; Mick Foord; Razor Jack Stapleton; Jimmy Knight; Bloodhouse; Joe Maxwell; Sydney's attitude to Canberra; Parliament; dances; annual balls; bridge; Ned Crowe; cricket; flower shows; golf tournaments; Jim Perrier; Sam Richardson; Sir Geoffrey Whiskard; Sir Robert Garran; Charles Garrioch; housing; ties with Melbourne; football; shopping; Parliament; name change to Australian Capital Teritory; Billy Hughes; George Pearce; Parliamentary Library; public service; rates of pay; Maurice Blackburn.

Biography/History

Mr Burmester moved to Canberra in 1935 to join the Parliamentary Library. He stayed with the National Library until his retirement in January, 1971 when he was Deputy National Librarian.

Notes

Recorded in Canberra.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214894803

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 36 leaves) 
Subjects Burmester, C. A. (Clifford Amandus), 1910-1991 -- Interviews.  |  Librarians -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra -- Interviews.  |  Canberra (A.C.T.) -- History.  |  Canberra (A.C.T.) -- Social conditions.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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