Item 57 - Interview with Sir Roland Wilson

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Interview with Sir Roland Wilson


  • c1978-1983 (Creation)

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Sir Roland WIlson Roland Wilson was born in Ulverstone, Tasmania, on April 7, 1904. His father was a builder and contractor. The boy won a scholarship at Devonport High School to take an economics course at the University of Tasmania. He had intended to return to Ulverstone but one of his tutors persuaded him to try for a Rhodes Scholarship. He did so, successfully. The scholarship took him in 1925 to Oxford University. Already a bachelor of commerce from the University of Tasmania, he won at Oxford a prize in colonial history and secured, with distinction, a diploma in economics and political science. He became a doctor of philosophy after writing a thesis on the import of capital.
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Interview with Sir Roland Wilson. This recording forms part of a collection of interviews with UTAS staff, former staff and alumni students. The interviews were conducted by Mrs Hilary Webster, John Roberts and others as part of the University of Tasmania Centenary Committee Oral History Project chaired by Prof. Michael Roe, School of History 1978 - 1983

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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HE July2019




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