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Interview with Frank Colquhoun

Interview with Frank Colquhoun. [Sound recording] [Special Collections]

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Interview with Frank Bertram Colquhoun by John Clements, recorded at High Wycombe, Western Australia.

Frank Colquhoun talks about the early Western Australian airlines.

Part 1 - Frank explains the origins of his unusual name. He recalls his early career working for Sir Norman Brearley's aviation company. He explores the lack of technology in the aviation field. For example, in the early days, there was no advanced weather warning systems. In fact, Frank explains that they would often receive a telegraph about poor weather long after it had passed.

Part 2 - Frank explains the enormous developments of aviation technology during his time, from the development of increasingly better mechanics to the integration of computer technology. He comments on some of the advances since his retirement.

Part 3 - Frank talks about the transition when MacRobertson Miller Airlines (MMA) took over West Australian Airlines.

PLEASE NOTE: There may be a missing segment between Parts 2 and 3.

Parts 1 and 2 were recorded on 28 July 1984. Part 3 was recorded 2 August 1985.

This sound recording is part of the John Clements Oral History Collection.

Date: 28 July 1984
Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: John Clements Oral History Collection
Copyright: © Estate of John Clements
Other Information: This recording was originally made on a 5 inch (13 centimetre) reel to reel tape.
Notes: 3 digital files : 68 MB
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/54781
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