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Hector Harrison interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 735334
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Harrison, Hector, 1902-1978, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1973 October 2 - October 15 
1 tape reel (ca. 167 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Harrison talks of his early life at Northam, W.A.; the Salvation Army Training College, Melbourne; work with the Salvation Army in Melbourne; joining the Presbyterian Ministry; University of Melbourne; John Latham; Ormond College; Tasmania and ancestry; friction over innovations; "Miss Hobart"; Claremont, W.A.; outbreak of World War II; Rottnest Island; call to St Andrews, Canberra; St Andrews as a national church; Ross Dean and Changi; Lord and Lady Gowrie; Captain Ramsay; precedence; Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; service after Dunkirk; arguments over which Church is the Australian national church; Canberra Church relations; Father Heydon; living conditions in Canberra during World War II; Curtin's personality; Curtin as Prime Minister; Curtin's death and funeral; Curtin's belief in God; Menzies; Curtin's relationship with colleagues and friends; Curtin's drinking problem; Ben Chifley's attitude to the people; Lord Slim; Lord Dunrossil; Arthur Calwell; John Flynn; Sir Peter Heydon; Alan and Jim Fraser; Paul Hasluck; public servants during and after the war; Frank Thorpe; Fred Whitlam; Canberra community; criticisms of Canberra; Kent Hughes; state jealousies; positions held outside Canberra from 1950.

Biography/History

Reverend Hector Harrison, was Moderator General of the Presbyterian Church in Australia from 1962-1964 and former Minister at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Canberra. He was also a confidant of John Curtin and a close friend of Ben Chifley.

Notes

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221559362

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (75 p.). 
Subjects Harrison, Hector, 1902-1978 -- Interviews.  |  Clergy -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra -- Interviews  |  Canberra (A.C.T.) -- History.  |  Canberra (A.C.T.) -- Biography.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/46
Copy: Recording
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ORAL TRC 121/46 (transcript)
Copy: Transcript
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ORAL TRC 121/46 (summary)
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