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Edgar Holt interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 735133
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Holt, Edgar George, 1904-1988, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1978 May 2-3 
3 tape reels (ca. 401 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Edgar Holt, journalist, author, talks of his early life in England; Bostock's Jungle; White City, Sydney; Birch Carroll and Coyle Theatrical Circuit; his education in Brisbane; his cadetship with the "Daily Mail"; newspapers and journalists in Brisbane in the twenties; Alec Chisholm; Arthur Benjamin; Theodore; Sir James Blair; Workers Education Association; Dr Duhig; Fred Eggleston; Harold Holt; Australian Women's National League; Tom Roberts; modern painting; Roy Curthoys; political outlook of the "Argus"; resignation of Curthoys; appointment to the "Herald"; Keith Murdoch; Murdoch and the outbreak of World War II; Murdoch as a journalist; Stewart; introduction to Frank Packer; appointment of Theodore as Director-General of Allied Works; censorship dispute; Henderson; Ezra Norton; strike of 1944; Curtin as a politician; composite newspaper during strike; Holt's resignation to Packer; Frank Packer as a person; Frank Forde; Lennie Lower; Lennie Lower's funeral; "Smiths Weekly"; Sir Joynton Smith; W. J. Smith; weekly publishing; standards of journalism.

Holt speaks about Willy Brennan; joining the Federal Secretariat; the Liberal Party; Menzies' leadership; Bill Anderson; Conservatism and the Liberal Party; Federal Council; power in the Liberal Party; Lyell Moore; Federal Policy Committee; National Party; Harold Holt; Holt's death; Gorton and and the Liberal Party; McMahon; contingency plan for defeat; Southey; Sneddon and Lynch; comparison of Sneddon and Menzies; disillusionment with the Party; McEwen's challenge to McMahon; Scullin; Chifley; Petrov enquiry; Dr Evatt; Arthur Calwell; Whitlam; "Any questions" radio show; Dennis Brogan; effects of alcohol; writing; Kenneth Slessor.

Biography/History

Edgar Holt served as a journalist on many well-known newspapers. In 1950 he joined the Federal Secretariat of the newly formed Liberal Party, taking charge of public relations.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Sydney.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221586653

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (87 p.). 
Subjects Holt, Edgar George, 1904-1988 -- Interviews.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/93
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ORAL TRC 121/93 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/93 (summary)
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