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Ben Chifley: Powerhouse Museum

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500 Harris St
Ultimo, Sydney
Description

H8608-2
Correspondence of Evelyn Ernest Owen re Owen sub-machine gun, Australia, 1940–45 – the correspondence consists of 55 letters concerning the development and production of the Owen sub-machine gun. Many of the early letters are congratulatory ones; most of the later letters concern royalties paid to Owen and his application for tax exemption. Correspondents include Ben Chifley (Treasurer).

H8608-2/38
Letter to Evelyn Owen from PC Spender, Sydney, New South Wales, 11 May 1944 – stating he has written to Chifley, then Treasurer, about Owen’s request. Percy Claude Spender, lawyer, politician and diplomat, was a member of the Advisory War Cabinet, 1940–45 (part of Evelyn Owen Archive).

H8608-2/40
Letter to Evelyn Owen from JB Chifley, Commonwealth Treasurer, Canberra, ACT, 25 May 1944 – re taxation of his royalties for Owen sub-machine gun (part of Evelyn Owen Archive).

H8608-2/51
Compliments slip from Charles A Morgan MHR, 7 June 1945 – presumably forwarding letter from Chifley to Morgan (H8608-2/52). Accompanying the slip is a piece of paper on which is written ‘Mr Shandler / Dept of Wood Technology / 96 Harrington St’ (part of Evelyn Owen Archive).

H8608-2/52
Letter to Charles A Morgan MHR from Acting Prime Minister JB Chifley, Canberra, ACT, 1 June 1945 – re payment made to Evelyn Owen’s solicitor and Taxation Department (part of Evelyn Owen Archive).

P3298-2/31
Letter, with envelope, to CA Butler from JB Chifley, Minister for Defence, Canberra, 7 July 1931 – thanking him for his assistance in the search for Mr Ekin’s missing plane.

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Program and information booklet, ‘Souvenir commemorating the commencement of work by the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Authority’, paper, Department of Information for Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Authority/Truth & Sportsman Ltd (print), Australia, 1949 – introduction by Prime Minister Chifley and photo of same.

88/393-379
Postage stamp, unused, ‘AUSTRALIA 10c / JB CHIFLEY’, ink / paper, part of Australian Prime Ministers series, Australia, issued 26 March 1975.

88/1057
Collage, ‘The Number One Holden’, Bryan Westwood, paper / wood / glass, Sydney Holden Dealer Network, Australia, 1988 – collage consisting of an Australian flag, a twig of wattle, reproduction photographs of newspaper headlines, specifications for the car, drawings of the GMH logo, and Prime Minister Chifley accepting the first car off the production line.

95/223/1-4
Minute books (2) of shareholders’ / stockholders’ meetings of FT Wimble and Co. Ltd (New Company), paper, 1937–71 – mentioned briefly are the economic policies of the Chifley government, 1947.

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