1982, English, Sound, Interview, lecture, talk edition: George Currie interviewed by Mark Cranfield [sound recording]. Currie, George, Sir, 1896-1984. (Interviewee)

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George Currie interviewed by Mark Cranfield
 
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Physical Description
  • 5 sound tape reels (ca. 379 min.) ; 5 in.
Published
  • 1982.
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • George Currie interviewed by Mark Cranfield.
Creator
  • Currie, George, Sir, 1896-1984. (Interviewee)
Other Creators
  • Cranfield, Mark. (Interviewer)
  • Currie, George, Sir, 1896-1984. Origins of CSIRO.
Published
  • 1982.
Medium
  • [sound recording]
Physical Description
  • 5 sound tape reels (ca. 379 min.) ; 5 in.
Subjects
Playing Time
  • 06hrs 18min 31sec
Summary
  • Sir George Currie talks about his family background; childhood memories; schooling at Crossroads Junior School and Keith Grammar School; WWI and enlistment in 3rd/​6th Gordon Highlanders; return to University in Aberdeen after war and some war experiences and memories. He then talks about his return to farm life; university life and meeting his future wife in geology class; courtship, marriage and move to Australia after graduation. Currie then discusses his decision to move into scientific work; going to Brisbane; early work with cotton pests; move to Canberra and Division of Entomology, CSIR; work on prickly pear; Currie cocksfoot; general development, work and personnel of CSIR. He then talks about his application for Professor in Agriculture in Perth and subsequent move to Western Australia; appointment as Vice Chancellor of University of Western Australia; achievement during his tenure and some of the personalities at the University.
  • Currie then provides the background to moving to New Zealand and becoming Vice Chancellor of University of New Zealand; return to Australia and taking up chairmanship of a working party to look into an independent education authority for the A.C.T. He then then talks about his involvement in the writing of "The origins of CSIRO"; work as a chairman of a committee to look into higher education in New Guinea; chairmanship of Canberra Theatre Trust, Literacy Censorship Board of Appeals and ACT Hospitals Advisory Committee; origins of interest in science; character strengths and traits and the causes of the greatest happiness and enjoyment in life and achievements of his sons and their families.
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Numbering Note
  • Uncorrected transcript available (typescript, 123 leaves)
Access Conditions
  • Access open for research, personal copies and public use.
Language
  • English
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