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Kevin Archer interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 766393
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Archer, K. M. (Keith McRae), 1905-1999, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1971 April 6 
1 tape reel (ca. 98 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Archer, statistician, talks of starting work in the Tasmanian public service; Lyndhurst Falkiner Giblin; Tasmanian Statistical Office; Tasmanian census and statistical records; move to Canberra; equipment; 1933 census; Harold Green; Canberra as a city; National Service Register in Sydney, 1938-1939; original Jolimont Building; Mechanical Tabulation Section; Roland Wilson; Carver; promotion to Assistant Statistician Administrative; growth of the Statistics Dept; integration of the States Statistical Services; Deputy Commonwealth Statistician; Dr John Ovenstone; advent of computers; Len Hewitt; recruitment of programmers; Commmonwealth Statistician; thoughts on previous Commonwealth Statisticians: Sir George Knibbs, Wickens, Giblin, McPhee, Wilson, Carver; achievements; cadet scheme; Commonwealth computer; integrated censuses of manufacturing, mining, wholesaling and retailing.

Biography/History

Mr. Archer was Commonwealth Statistician from 1962-1970. During a distinguished career covering forty seven years of service he contributed a great deal to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Australian Census and Statistical Service and to computing within the public service.

Notes

Recorded on 6 April 1971 at his home in Canberra.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214875571

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 36 leaves) available. 
Subjects Archer, K. M. (Keith McRae), 1905-1999. -- Interviews.  |  Statisticians -- Australia -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/38 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/38 (summary)
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