Deposit N369 - Humphrey McQueen's interviews with union officials

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Humphrey McQueen's interviews with union officials


  • 2004 - 2006 (Creation)

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0.2 m (1 type 2 box)

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(1942 -)

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McQueen was born in Brisbane, 27 June 1942. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in 1965. His political activism began with campaigns against conscription and the Vietnam War. During the period 1966-1969, he worked as a teacher in Victoria before moving to Canberra, where he taught at the Australian National University from 1970 to 1974. He has published a number of works on Australian history, recently including 'Framework of Flesh: Builders' Labourers Battle for Health and Safety (2009) and 'We Built this Country: Builders' Labourers and their Unions, 1787 to the Future (2011).

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The interviews were conducted by Humphrey McQueen as part of a University of Sydney oral history project for the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training, while he was researching and writing his publications 'Framework of Flesh: Builders' Labourers Battle for Health and Safety' (2009) and 'We Built this Country: Builders' Labourers and their Unions, 1787 to the Future' (2011). The participants were union officials in the Builders' Labourers' Federation (BLF), the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and in one case, the Royal Australian Nursing Federation. Most were recorded on Sony minidisc. There is also a recording on DVD of a talk given by McQueen to a seminar in November 2005.


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Researchers must sign an access agreement. Some parts of interviews may be restricted on privacy grounds.

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Digital recordings on minidisc, CD-R and DVD-R. Digital copies on CD are available for some interviews for reference use, preservation copies will need to be made for others before access can be given.

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National Library of Australia: MS 4809, Humphrey McQueen's papers

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Prepared by Brenton Clifford on 9 November 2017.




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