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Interview with Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

Title
Interview with Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
Repository
National Library of Australia
Reference
ORAL TRC 3194
Date Range
20 February 1995
Creator
Farquharson, John
Description

Dame Elisabeth speaks of her early life in Toorak; her debut; meeting Keith Murdoch; the impact of the Depression; building the stables and dairy; her voluntary work; the Children's Hospital; Murdoch Institute of Research into Birth Defects; working women; the National Gallery volunteers; her appointment as trustee of the Gallery; Friends of the Gallery; the tapestry workshop; McClelland Art Gallery; Elisabeth Murdoch Sculpture Foundation; Lenton Parr; Daryl and Joan Lindsay; George Lambert; Nellie Melba; Keith and Gallipoli; Keith's acquaintances; her inclusion in Keith's professional life; their children's upbringing; Keith's death; her garden; Cruden Farm; Keith and the Argus and Courier Mail; Rupert and the Herald; Jack Williams; Keith McPherson; Keith's funeral; Rupert's taking charge of the Adelaide News; Rohan Rivett; Rupert as a business man; modern literature and language; the Herald; Rupert as an Australian; Keith's war efforts; Australian-American Association; Keith's stammer; Booroomba; Cavan; her present activities; future of Cruden Farm; visitors to Cruden; Clyde School; Braemar College; Geelong Grammar; honours awarded to her; her disappointments. Dame Elisabeth discusses Keith's foresight; producing Australia's own newsprint; horse-riding; Hitler diaries; Shawcross' biography of Rupert; Newscorp; Lachlan; her greatest pleasure; staff; her typical day; her Clubs; her honary degree; her family; the future of the farm; Animal Ethics committee of the Howard Florey Institute; sale of the family's art; Keith' s background.

Formats
Audio
Quantity
3 cassettes
Access
Available for research

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