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"Overseas shows Australian directors would bring ... Most of them were from overseas."

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Press the play button to listen to Ray's oral history about his careers as a professional footballer in Australia and the UK, his coaching and work as a Rugby League Club Director, his work in Real Estate Valuing and his ownership of Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney.




As well as studying at TAFE Ray Corkery is on the Board of Directors of the West Tigers Football Club, NSW, Australia.

SOUND BITE: Ray gives an amusing anecdote about Rex Harrison - star of screen and stage. 41 seconds
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TITLE: Ray Corkery
INTERVIEWER: Carol McKirdy
INTERVIEWEE: Ray Corkery / student
DATE AND LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: May 5, 2010, Loftus Campus, Sutherland College
LENGTH OF RECORDING: 43 minutes 4 seconds
LANGUAGE: English
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Nil
ORIGINAL RECORDING HELD AT: Interviewer's home
RECORDING FORMAT: Digital mp3
KEY THEMES: Leaving Certificate, 1959 / Cadetship, Legal section / Railway Department / Real Estate Valuer / extensive training and work
Football / Randwick, 1960 / Rugby Union First Grade and Reserve Grade / St George Rugby Leagues Club, 3 years, Reserve and First Grade / England / 1968 / Warrington.
1983, Group 6 Rugby playing Coach / Campbelltown / won 3 years in a row / Campbelltown - founding Director of Leagues Club / Campbelltown city used to be like a country town / Western Suburbs team joined with Campbelltown and became Balmain Tigers / Director of combined club / still involved.
From early 1970s major Real Estate purchases throughout Sydney including Central Business District / most significant purchase - Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney / bargain at $2million
Productions / opening nights / involvement as owner / influences on productions / English and American shows mostly produced / some Australian shows produced - Boy From Oz, premier / one or 2 major overseas stars always needed for each production to guarantee success / Theatre sold / competition from Sydney Casino productions / priced out of market
Two daughters professional international performers / no influence whatsoever from father's involvement with Her Majesty's Theatre.
SUMMARY: No
TRANSCRIPT: No
BRIEF HISTORY: No