Extract from interview with Cyril Dudley
by Michael Adams in 1978. Cyril Dudley was a former activist with the Dominion
League of Western Australia.
DUDLEY: It was the last section which brought most of the people along. Also of course we had open air meetings in areas where there were no public halls suitable for a meeting. I can always remember one meeting that I had in Newcastle Street outside a local hotel. Instead of starting at eight o'clock, we started at nine, so that when the bars began to let out their patrons we would be sure of an audience and of course there were a few rowdy ones among the audience which doesn't do much harm to a speaker as long as he can be good natured with him. I always remember this night because I'd been going about five minutes, a little chap who obviously had had a little too much to drink turned in circles around and around and around, three or four times and then he collapsed right in front of the platform. And I remember saying, 'Well now ladies and gentlemen, if it will just give you an idea of what telling the facts of Federation can do, look it's bowled this man over already.' There was always questions and answers, some of them sensible some of them insensible at the end of a speech, which usually took about an hour to an hour and a quarter.
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