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Murray Tyrrell interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 734664
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Tyrrell, Murray, Sir, 1913-1994, interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1974 May 27-1974 June 26 
2 tape reels (ca. 295 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Sir Murray Tyrrell talks of his early life in Orbost, Victoria and Melbourne; the 1940 ministerial air crash; Artie Fadden; the Dept of Munitions; Makin; his transfer to Canberra, 1943; Evatt; Chifley; royal tour preparations; Chifley and Menzies; his appointment as secretary to the Governor General; the change of responsibilities of the secretary to the Governor General; his relations with the Press; support staff; Mr McKell; double dissolution; William Slim; his relationship with the Slims; Slim's relationship with Menzies; Slim as governor general; Slim's departure; Lord Dunrossil; Dunrossil's death; Lord de Lisle; de Lisle's feelings for Australia; Lord Casey; Australian fauna for Government House; farewell to Casey; Paul Hasluck; communications between Yarralumla and Buckingham Palace; State governors; his six month period working at Buckingham Palace.

Biography/History

Sir Murray Tyrrell served for over forty five years in the Australian Public Service. For most of this time he was assistant secretary or personal secretary to a succession of Ministers including the Prime Minister, Mr. Chifley. From 1947 until 1973 he was Official Secretary to six Govenors General of Australia.

Notes

Recorded at Tyrrell's home in Queanbeyan.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221562947

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript available. 
Subjects Tyrrell, Murray, Sir, 1913-1994 -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Governor-General -- Officials and employees -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/54
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ORAL TRC 121/54 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/54 (summary)
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