From the oral history collection: Paul Davey
Paul Davey was Federal Director of the National Party of Australia from 1983 to 1992. Born in England in 1947, he migrated to Australia in 1966.
In this edited excerpt from an oral history interview, Mr Davey recalls his voyage to Australia as an 18 year old on the Castel Felice. He remembers ‘piling his life’ into an old school trunk and the boat’s ‘dog-box’ cabins, the duty free ‘booze and cigarettes’, trap-shooting from the deck, the ‘long haul across the Indian Ocean’, flying fish, dolphins, beautiful sunsets… and the anxiety, doubts and monotony.
Paul Davey was recorded for the Oral History Program by Barry York in 2011. The full interview is not currently available online but is available upon request at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Please contact the museum prior to your visit and quote the reference number OHI 220.