The Hon. Donald Allan Dunstan was Premier of South Australia from 1967-68 and 1970-79. For more details see his biography.

The Don Dunstan Oral History Project is the result of collaboration between the Don Dunstan Foundation and Flinders University. During the Project, interviews with contemporaries of Don Dunstan, including parliamentary colleagues, public servants, journalists, family and friends, were conducted by the Foundation, and the edited transcripts have been indexed by Flinders University Library. The Collection consists of those transcripts edited and approved for unconditional release by the interviewee, as well as index entries for transcripts edited by the interviewee which are available only under certain conditions.

Applications for access to the restricted transcripts should be made to the Special Collections Librarian, Flinders University Library at special.collections@flinders.edu.au

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  • Interview with Margaret Lee 

    Lee, Margaret[Interviewee]; Lewkowicz, George [Interviewer] (2013-04-08)
    Interview with Margaret Lee by George Lewkowicz on 11 December 2012. Margaret Lee worked in the law firm that Don Dunstan worked in.
  • Interview with Carolyn Rankin 

    Rankin, Carolyn [Interviewee]; Morgan, Felicity [Interviewer] (2013-04-02)
    Interview with Carolyn Rankin by Felicity Morgan on 9 December 2009. Carolyn discusses art development during the Dunstan era.
  • Interview with Ian North 

    North, [Interviewee] Ian; Morgan, Felicity [Interviewer] (2013-03-15)
    Interview with Ian North by Felicity Morgan on the development of the arts, during Don Dunstan's Premiership. The interview was held on January 11, 2010.
  • Interview with Michael Kirby 

    Kirby, Michael [Interviewee]; Lewkowicz, George [Interviewer] (2012-07-16)
    Interview with Michael Kirby by George Lewkowicz on 28th February 2012. Michael Kirby discusses Don Dunstan and law reform.
  • Interview with Ian Cox 

    Cox, Ian [Interviewee]; Guerin, Bruce [Interviewer] (2012-05-08)
    Interview with Ian Cox by Bruce Guerin on 5 July 2007. Ian Cox became Director of Aboriginal Affairs and Social Welfare in 1970 and continued to work in this area during the Dunstan era.
  • Interview with Gil Brealey and Addendum 

    Brealey, Gil [Interviewee]; Morgan, Felicity [Interviewer] (2012-05-02)
    Interview with Gil Brealey by Felicity Morgan on January 9, 2012. Also includes Addendum dated February 2012. Gil Brealey discusses his time as the Founding Director/Chairman of the South Australian Film Corporation, ...
  • Interview with Brian Chatterton 

    Chatterton, Brian [Interviewee]; Lewkowicz, George [Interviewer] (2012-03-20)
    Interview with Brian Chatterton by George Lewkowicz. Brian was a Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests in the Dunstan Government of the latter part of the ’70s and then was a minister again under the John Bannon ...
  • Interview with Lynne Chatterton 

    Chatterton, Lynne [Interviewee]; Lewkowicz, George [Interviewer] (2012-03-20)
    Interview with Lynne Chatterton by George Lewkowicz on 17th September 2011. Lynne Chatterton was known as Lynne Arnold when she worked for the South Australian Government in the 1970s, the period discussed in this interview.
  • Interview with John Summers 

    Summers, John [Interviewee]; Lewkowicz, George [Interviewer] (2012-03-20)
    Edited version of interviews with John Summers by George Lewkowicz. John Summers discusses Don Dunstan and his activities in Aboriginal affairs and Aboriginal rights. The interviews were held on August 9 and September 13, 2007.
  • Interview with Andrew Bishop 

    Bishop, Andrew [Interviewee]; Lewkowicz, George [Interviewer] (2012-03-20)
    Interview with Andrew Bishop by George Lewkowicz. Andrew Bishop worked in the Premier’s Department in the late 1970s. The interview was held on 19th June 2008.
  • Interview with Bruce Guerin Part 4 

    Guerin, Bruce; Lewkowicz, George (2012-02-20)
    Interview with Bruce Guerin by George Lewkowicz on 22 June 2010. Bruce discusses his time as Don Dunstan's Executive Assistant and Director of the Policy Division. This is the final part of a series of four interviews with ...
  • Interview with Bruce Guerin Part 3 

    Guerin, Bruce; Lewkowicz, George (2012-02-20)
    Interview with Bruce Guerin by George Lewkowicz on 1 June 2010. Bruce discusses his time as Don Dunstan's Executive Assistant and Director of the Policy Division. This interview focuses on Don Dunstan's leadership style ...
  • Interview with Bruce Guerin Part 2 

    Guerin, Bruce; Lewkowicz, George (2012-02-20)
    Interview with Bruce Guerin by George Lewkowicz on 25 May 2010. This is part two of a series of four interviews with Bruce. It covers the time when Bruce became Executive Assistant to the Premier, while still keeping the ...
  • Interview with Michael Llewellyn-Smith 

    Llewellyn-Smith, Michael; Lewkowicz, George (2012-02-13)
    Interview with Michael Llewellyn-Smith by George Lewkowicz. Michael was the City Planner in the early 1970s and then became City Manager later on, and has an extensive background on city planning and the importance of the ...
  • Interview with Robert Ruse 

    Ruse, Robert [Interviewee]; Lewkowicz, George [Interviewer] (2011-10-18)
    Interview with Robert Ruse by George Lewkowicz on 30th May 2008. Robert worked in the economic advisory area and the Department of Economic Development in the 1970s. Don Dunstan Oral History Project interview transcripts. ...
  • Interview with Elizabeth Dalman 

    Dalman, Elizabeth [Interviewee]; Morgan, Felicity [Interviewer] (2011-08-27)
    Interview with Ms Elizabeth Dalman OAM by Felicity Morgan on 23 May 2008. Ms Dalman's contribution to the performing arts in South Australia, particularly in the area of contemporary dance during Don Dunstan’s premiership ...
  • Interview with Graham Maguire 

    Maguire, Graham [Interviewee]; Lewkowicz, George [Interviewer] (2011-08-22)
    Interview with Graham Maguire by George Lewkowicz. Graham Maguire was a Senator for the Labor Party, worked in the Premier's Office, Economic Intelligence Unit and Policy Division. The interview was held on 30th July 2010.
  • Interview with Bruce Guerin Part 1 

    Guerin, Bruce [Interviewee]; Lewkowicz, George [Interviewer] (2011-07-14)
    Interview with Bruce Guerin by George Lewkowicz. Bruce was a senior executive in the Premier’s Department and Don Dunstan’s executive assistant for some time, right up to the time, when Don Dunstan retired. The interview ...
  • Interview with Chris Hurford 

    Hurford, Chris [Interviewee]; Duigan, Mike [Interviewer] (2011-07-14)
    Interview with Chris Hurford by Mike Duigan. Chris Hurford was a Federal Member for Adelaide.
  • Interview with David Mitchell 

    Mitchell, David [Interviewee]; Lewkowicz, George [Interviewer] (2011-07-14)
    Interview with David Mitchell by George Lewkowicz on 27th March 2008. David Mitchell worked in the Industry Development Division of the Premier's Department during the Dunstan era. In this interview, he discusses economic ...

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