From the oral history collection: Rupert Loof
Rupert Loof was born in 1900 in a small country town in Victoria. He died, aged 102, in 2003. He joined the Commonwealth Public Service in Melbourne in 1919 and moved to Canberra in 1927. He served as Clerk Assistant of the Senate from 1942 to 1955 and was Clerk from 1955 to 1965.
In this edited excerpt from an oral history interview, Mr Loof offers an anecdote from the time of the Queen’s visit in 1954 that highlights the great wit of Robert Menzies. Jim Gussey, who is mentioned in the anecdote, was a prominent jazz trumpeter and head of the ABC Dance Band from the 1940s to the 1960s.
Rupert Loof was recorded for the Oral History Program by Ken Begg in 1996. The full interview can be listened to in the Australian Prime Ministers Centre. Please contact the Centre prior to your visit and quote the reference number OHI 6.