Australian Women's Register

An initiative of The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) in conjunction with The University of Melbourne

Skip to content

By Repository

[Interview with Dame Enid Lyons] [soundrecording] / [interviewer : Mel Pratt]

[Interview with Dame Enid Lyons] [soundrecording] / [interviewer : Mel Pratt]
National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
ORAL TRC 121/30
Date Range
Lyons, Enid Muriel (1897 - 1981)

Dame Enid comments on her husband's schooling, interests and persuasiveness; George Pearce; Joe's "illiteracy"; his character; myth of support of Victorian establishment; his relationship with Casey; his qualifications for political eminence ; her conversion to Catholicism; accusation of her dominating Joe; conscription; Father O'Donnell; her early life in Tasmania; King O'Malley; educational changes in Tasmania; Mr Neale; honeymoon at the Premiers' Conference; Mrs Holman; the Labor Party and class consciousness; interest in politics; Blackburn interpretation; problems faced by Joe as Premier; relationship with trade unions; Lyons entry into Federal government; difference between Federal and Tasmanian Labor Parties; Lyons as Acting Treasurer; break with Labor Party; standards of values in politics; Theodore; Albert Ogilvie; conversion of loan campaign; Nationalist Party; relations between UAP and Country Party; Frank Green; Catholic education; Australian Women's National League and United Australia party; preparing Australia for war; Lyons' relationship with Menzies; Menzies and Murdoch; Menzies and Mussolini; Munich Crisis; Germany and Czechoslovakia; Chamberlain; Lyons' death; the Baldwins; her running for Parliament; opposition from the Labor party; Dorothy Tangney; attitude of colleagues to women in parliament; Calwell and immigration; her relationship with Menzies; Menzies' attacks on Curtin; her maiden speech; workload as a politician; endowment for first child; inclusion in Cabinet; Henry Gullet; leakages from Cabinet; retirement from politics; experiences in journalism; Australian Broadcasting Commission; Boyer; being made Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.

2 tape reels : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in.

Open access
Finding Aid

Transcript (typescript, 67 leaves)

Repository reference links are external links to the relevant catalogue record in the holding repository. If you experience a broken link it will be because the repository has not understood the value of maintaining persistent links and/or the judicious use of redirects. Try locating the repository's catalogue search and search on the records' creator's name and/or the repository reference number for the records.

Related entries


Site-wide information and acknowledgements

National Foundation for Australian Women The University of Melbourne, eScholarship Research Centre

© Copyright in The Australian Women's Register is owned by the Australian Women's Archives Project
and vested in each of the authors in respect of their contributions from 2000

The Australian Women's Register is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia License

The Australian Women's Register is published quarterly by the Australian Women's Archives Project
ISSN 2207-3124