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Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre Oral History Project recordings.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-2013/08

Scope and Contents

Collection of oral history recordings made by Jon Monk between May-July 2013 with staff and others associated with the Auckland Cancer Society's Cancer Research Laboratory. The collection also includes photographs of five of the six subjects and summaries of the interviews.


  • 2013


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted.

Administrative History

The Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre was founded in 1956 as the Cancer Research Laboratory by the Cancer Society Auckland, through funds raised from the Auckland public. In 1998 it became a department of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Auckland, and is now jointly managed by the University and the Cancer Society. Since its inception, the Centre has published nearly 1,000 papers in international scientific and medical journals, and filed more than 100 patent applications for new anti-cancer drugs. In that time, the centre has developed eight cancer drugs which have gone into clinical trial, and has the distinction of being the first laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere to discover, trial and bring an anti-cancer drug into clinical use.

The founding director was Professor Bruce Cain, and since 1981 the Centre has been led by co-directors Professor Bill Denny and Professor Bruce Baguley.


0.01 metres (14 MP3 sound recordings on 1 CD.)

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Finding Aids

Summaries of interviews, and background information on interviewees and the project are held with the finding aid and available to view in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jon Monk, 2013.


Inventory of the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre Oral History Project recordings.
Stephen Innes; abstracts and other background material compiled by Jon Monk.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand