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Donald Tier interviewed by John Farquharson [sound recording]
Bib ID 816911
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Tier, Donald, 1921-2016, Interviewee
 
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Description 2003 
3 sound files (172 min.) 
Summary

TAPE 1: Donald Tier, born in New York, recalls his family background; family involvement in theatre and radio; moving to Australia at age 3; joining Militia in 1937; army service in World War II; involvement and training in radar; transfer to Australian Imperial Force and promotion to captain in 1942; radar activites in various countries during the war; discharge from Army with rank of Major at end of the War; working for Westinghouse Company as a sales engineer; screen-printing business; returned to Army in 1951 as range operator at Woomera (guided weapons).

TAPE 2: Discussed World War II radar operations in more detail; operations at Woomera; rocket-firing accident; weapons development and policy in Australia; promotion and appointment to head Army's Ceremonial, Discipline and Welfare branch; discusses scientific, research and development and weapons policy roles; promotion to Colonel and role as Deputy Director of inspection; setting up Trials and Evaluations Directorate and make recommendations on new tanks. TAPE 3: Continues discussion of evaluation of army equipment; setting up of Analytical Studies Group; Australia's decision to acquire new submarines; retirement from Army in 1976; work in futures market; role as private secretary to NSW Governor Sir Roden Cutler; moving to Canberra; setting up ANZAAS Secretariat; appointment as bursar for University House at ANU; secretary of International Federation for Advancement of Science and Technology (IFAAST); general discussion of Tier's career; impressions of Army administration.

Notes

Recorded on Mar. 11, 2003 and Mar. 13, 2003 in Canberra, A.C.T.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 68 leaves) 
Subjects Tier, Donald, 1921-2016 -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Army -- Officers -- Interviews.  |  Woomera Rocket Range -- History.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Radar.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Australian.  |  Radar.  |  Weapons systems -- Australia -- History.  |  Military research -- Australia -- History.
Occupation Army officers.
Other authors/contributors Farquharson, John M., 1929-2016, Interviewer

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