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Clyde Cameron interviewed by Mel Pratt in Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 765378
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Cameron, Clyde R. (Clyde Robert), 1913-2008, Interviewee
Access Conditions Vols 1 & 2 access open for research, personal copies and public use; Vols 3 and 4 closed until 2013. 
Description 1971-1988 
245 tape reels (ca. 90 hrs.) ; 5 in. 

Mel Pratt collection.


I. Mr Cameron, a politician, talks of his early life at Murray Bridge; Amalgamated Shearers Union; influences on his political life; Norman Makin; Jim Cavanagh; life as a shearer; shearing in New Zealand; life as an Organiser; Aborigines as unionists; National Civic Council; Grayndler; Fallon; 1921 ALP Conference; Theodore; Dougherty; Bukowski; communists; Weil's disease; Evatt; Ballot box inquiry; II. Membership drive, 1943; B.H.P; Tom Dougherty; land prices; bribery in amalgamations; card vote; John Bannon; Industrial Groups; Evatt; Jack Schmella; democratic socialism; union rules; Dethridge Award; Con Bowen; III. 1972 election; Whitlam; migration; abolition of the Dept of Labour and National Service; election of Cabinet; Loans affair; Rex Connor; Whitlam and Connor; rise in inflation; his move from Labour and Immigration portfolio; Caucus rules on dismissal of Ministers; Whitlam; 1975 and 1977 elections; Crean. IV. Freudenberg's assessment of Whitlam's government; John Kerr; Connor's dismissal; official secrets; freedom of information legislation; relations between Ministers and public servants; IDCs; Ian Sharp; ILO; ACOA. Sharp interview: Clarrie O'Shea; Tramways Board; DLP and Groupers; his association with the ILO; treaties; Roland Wilson; TUTA; Clyde Cameron College; indexation.


Clyde Cameron was the ALP Member for Hindmarsh in the Federal House of Representatives from 1949-1980.


Recorded: 1971 Oct. 29-1972 Oct. 27; series II 1978 Mar. 13-1978 Apr. 9; 2739 1978 July 20; 2740 1988 Sept. 4.

Recorded at his home in South Australia, and at Mel Pratt's home in Canberra.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Related Material A solo recording by Clyde Cameron made 20 July 1978, is available in the National Library of Australia's Oral History & Folklore collection at ORAL TRC 2739 
Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript (1061 p. + series II 686 p. + 2739 78 p. + 2740 91 p.) 
Subjects Cameron, Clyde R. (Clyde Robert), 1913-2008 -- Interviews.  |  Australian Labor Party.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1945-1965.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1965-1972.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer


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