Jack Jenkins moved to Canberra from Sydney in search of employment as a 19 year-old in 1925. He worked as a carpenter on the construction of Parliament House, and from 1929 to 1966 was the building’s chief maintenance officer.
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Issy Wyner recalls the evictions that took place during the Depression, the neighbourliness that helped families cope and the local responses to him as a Jew.
David Muir was born in 1928 and grew up in Canberra. He was a carpenter and joiner in the provisional Parliament House.
Noel Flanagan (1917-2009) had a long and distinguished career in the Commonwealth Public Service that included a period as Private Secretary to Arthur Augustus Calwell, the Minister for Immigration, in 1949.
Terry Larkin worked in the Commonwealth Treasury from 1958 to 1974 and was Private Secretary to Treasurer Harold Holt during the Credit Squeeze of 1960-61.
Heather Bonner (nee Ryan) was the wife of the late Neville Bonner, a Senator in the Federal Parliament between 1971 and 1983.
The Hon. Don Page MP has held the seat of Ballina for the Nationals in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 1988. He became Minister for Local Government, and Minister for the North Coast in 2011.
The museum now has two brand new websites, showing off aspects of our art collection. One concerns the work of John Frith, the other the work of a Melbourne socialist art community.
We have a new and significant collection of original cartoons and sculptures by John Frith (1906-2000), one of Australia’s most prolific and celebrated cartoonists and artists. Hear an interview with Jeffrey Frith, John’s son, discussing the techniques and approaches that his father took to his cartoon art.
Between 1964 and 1984, Barrie Virtue OBE served as press secretary, private secretary and principal private secretary to the Rt. Hon. Doug Anthony. Matters relating to trade were among his highest priorities during this period.
This is a rather different item from our Oral History collection: a recording of a radio campaign speech rather than an edited excerpt from an interview. In this broadcast, Sir Earle Page GCMG MP (1880-1961), who had been Deputy Prime Minister since 1923, sees industrial relations as the main issue for the 1929 election.
Joan Child, AO, was Australia’s first female Speaker of the House of Representatives. Her death on 23 February 2013 has been mourned by all sides of politics. When elected in 1974, she was the Australian Labor Party’s first female Member of the House and only the fourth woman to sit in the House.
Jessie Bennett came to Canberra as a trainee librarian in 1947 when the Parliamentary Library and the National Library were combined. Such were the attitudes of the times that she recalls how neighbouring farmers wondered why her father would allow a country girl from Tongala in the Goulburn River valley, Victoria, to go to university—after all, she was only a woman!
Our 300th oral history recording made quite an impact thanks to a promotional competition organised with 666 ABC Canberra to select the 300th interviewee. The winner was Quentin O’Keefe who had worked in the Provisional Parliament House as a casual bar attendant in 1974.
In September, the museum, in association with 666 ABC Canberra, hosted a competition to find our 300th oral history recording. Fantastic submissions were received from individuals who had worked in the building when it was home to the federal parliament however there can only be one winner.
666 ABC Canberra Mornings presenter, Alex Sloan, and museum historian, Dr Barry York, are sharing stories from the museum’s oral history collection during September. The latest theme from the collection is ‘librarians and journalists’.
666 ABC Canberra Mornings presenter, Alex Sloan, and museum historian, Dr Barry York, are sharing stories from the museum’s oral history collection during September. The latest theme from the collection is ‘bygone jobs’.
666 ABC Canberra Mornings presenter, Alex Sloan, and museum historian, Dr Barry York, are sharing stories from the museum’s oral history collection during September. The latest theme from the collection is ‘staffers to prime ministers’.
666 ABC Canberra Mornings presenter, Alex Sloan, and museum historian, Dr Barry York, will be sharing stories from the oral history collection during September.
Alan Cumming Thom (1928-2007) was an officer of the Senate for 33 years (1955-1988) and Clerk of the Senate for six years (1982-1988).