Deposit N296 - Bill Wood papers

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Bill Wood papers


  • 1932 - 1992 (Creation)

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0.5m (2 type 1 boxes, 1 type 2 box)

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(1911 - 1976)

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William Arnold Whitfeld (Bill) Wood was born on 3 December 1911 in Sydney and was the son of historian George Arnold Wood (1865-1928) and Eleanor Wood. Wood was educated at Sydney Grammar School; Sydney University; and was Rhodes Scholar at Balliol, Oxford from 1932-1935. He graduated with a BA in 1936 and an MA in 1946. He worked on the Western Morning News, Plymouth in 1935; Sydney Daily Telegraph 1936; Labour Daily, Sydney in 1938. He ran unsuccessfully as a Labor candidate for the seat of Parramatta in the September 1949 Federal election; as State Labor candidate for Drummoyne in 1941 and for Willoughby in 1943; Communist Party candidate for North Sydney in 1947 and 1956; and Communist Party candidate for Mosman in 1959. He was Editor of Progress 1942-1945 before joining the Royal Australian Artillery as a gunner in 1945. Wood was a member of the Communist Party of Australia and in 1947 he became Foreign Editor of the Tribune, a newspaper published by the CPA. From 1969-1976, Wood worked as a Librarian at the Fisher Library, Sydney University.

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Correspondence with his mother, Eleanor Wood, and family. Copies of articles written for the Tribune, Communist Review, Progress, Mosman News and other newspapers, photographs, including the images used in the Tribune: march of the returned soldiers in 1945, copy of a manuscript, copies of ASIO documents, and miscellaneous records about Bill Wood’s education and career.


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Entered from deposit description on 21 August 2012; revised by Phuong Dang 4 April 2016




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