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Thomas Playford interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 765314
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Playford, Thomas, Sir, 1896-1981, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1972 Feb. 2-4 
3 tape reels : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Sir Thomas Playford, former Premier of South Australia, discusses Richard Butler's Government; C.A.S. Hawker; the Depression; Les Hunken; the South Australian Public Service; secondary industry; British Steel Tube Mills; Housing Trust; BHP; Essington Lewis; Harold Darling; provision of water for Whyalla; Ottawa Agreement; George Garn; Northern Territory Acceptance Act; Tariff Board Inquiry into Tinplate Industry; Mr Lyons; Mr Menzies; development of Whyalla shipyards; Baron von Krupp; locating deposits of ore; steel works at Whyalla; financial problems; National Debt; Grants Commission; Mr McEwen's Premiers' Conference; Loan Council; Dwyer Grey; retrenchments; stabilization of programmes; Lyon's Loan Council; Reserve Bank; taxation; Uniform tax; interest rates; fugitive money; economics; return of States' taxing rights; national and state development; Snowy Mountains Scheme.

Playford discusses the exploration for oil; William Morris Hughes; Mr Lyons; Mr Curtin; Commonwealth defence expenditure in Queensland; Ben Chifley; Bob Menzies; action taken to promote South Australia economically; Davies Coop; Actil; British Steel Tube Industry; Metrology Centre; Shell production plant; Finsbury works; Beaufort bomber; General Motors Holden and the war effort; industries established during the war; Elizabeth; Jack Cartledge; Philips Electrical Industries; Chrysler and car industry; oil refinery; Woomera Rocket Range; Adelaide Cement Company; tuna industry; nationalisation of private development of rural areas; uranium; American Atomic Energy Commission.

Biography/History

Sir Thomas Playford was the Premier for South Australia from 1938-1965. He was responsible for raising South Australia from insolvency after the Depression by developing both secondary industries and agriculture.

Notes

Recorded at his home in South Australia.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214861660

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (15 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 179 leaves) 
Subjects Playford, Thomas, Sir, 1896-1901 -- Interviews.  |  Politicians -- South Australia -- Interviews.  |  Premiers -- South Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/29
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ORAL TRC 121/29 (transcript)
Copy: Transcript
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ORAL TRC 121/29 (summary)
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