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Alan Reid interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 766843
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Reid, Alan (Alan Douglas), 1914-1987, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1972 Oct. 4-1973 Feb. 28 
2 tape reels : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Reid, political journalist, remembers his schooldays in Sydney; Frank Browne; Norm Gallagher; going into journalism; copy boy with "The Sun"; Wally Hamilton; Robert Clive Packer; training; Lang; Theodore; horse racing; Tom Gurr; Canberra experience; Otto Olsen; Joe Alexander; Fenton-Scullin cables; Alan Fraser; Jack Beasley; Curtin; the relationship between the press and political parties; Joe Lyons; Menzies; Keith Murdoch; Jack Hewitt; Eric McLoughlin; Hughie Daish; Ross Gollan; Billy Hughes; Fadden's becoming Prime Minister; Jack McEwan; Page; "Herald" management and the Prime Ministership; Joe Winkler; Don Rodgers; Slush Fund payments and Curtin;; Arthur Coles; Alec Wilson; Fadden budget; Curtin Government; Japan's entry into the war; National Register Act; Curtin; Frank Ford; Chifley; Dedman; Beasley; Evatt; Ned Ward; Calwell; Maurice Blackburn; Evatt's relations with other members of the Government; Evatt's relations with the public service; Molotov letter; Frank Jost; Brisbane line; Blamey; General Red Robertson; Rodgers; Keith Murdoch.

Biography/History

Alan Reid at the time of interview had had thirty five years continuous service in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery and was Dean of the Corps of the National Political Reporters. In fifty years of Federal political reporting Reid saw thirteen prime ministers come and go.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Canberra.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-214876159

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (20 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 98 leaves) 
Subjects Reid, Alan (Alan Douglas), 1914-1987 -- Interviews.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1945-
Occupation Journalists.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/40
Copy: Recording
Special Collections Reading Room
ORAL TRC 121/40 (transcript)
Copy: Transcript
Special Collections Reading Room
ORAL TRC 121/40 (summary)
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