Public Interest and Private Passion: Ken Inglis on the ABC

Glyn Davis

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    'A lot of history,' writes Ken Inglis in his introduction to This Is the ABC, 'is concealed autobiography, and this book more than most.' Ken starts the 521-page volume with his own story. Just three years older than the ABC, he recalls the radio voices of his youth. He listened to the wireless with family, trying out radio sets sold in his father's timber yard, joinery and hardware shop. Ken recalls the unfamiliar British voices, learning about cricket, a coronation and arguments about public policy. Later there would be a world war described each night on the radio, and in adulthood ABC television was part of everyday family life. As a young academic he gave occasional talks on the air and, as professor of history and vice-chancellor at the University of Papua New Guinea, he joined the audience of Radio Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication'I Wonder' The Life and Work of Ken Inglis
    Editors Peter Browne & Seumas Spark
    Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
    PublisherMonash University Publishing
    ISBN (Print)9781925835717
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

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