Tony Newstead (1923-2017)

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Mark Newstead
Clemens Pratt
John Burke
Peter Gerrand

Keywords

Tony Newstead, Telecommunications network planning, trad jazz, Australia, World Bank

Abstract

Tony Newstead, who died on 6 November 2017, was a pioneering figure in Australian and worldwide telecommunications network planning, as well as in Australian trad jazz as both a trumpeter and early bandleader. This obituary attempts to do justice to his career in both fields. In an Attachment, Dr Clemens Pratt provides a short memoir in appreciation of Tony’s role as his career mentor and colleague, and John Burke provides an appreciation of Tony’s innovatory role in pioneering open planning in Australian telecommunications.

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References

List A: Tony’s career in telecommunications

John Burke, private communication, 8 January 2018.

Ann Moyal, 1984. Clear across Australia. A history of telecommunications, Thomas Nelson Australia, ISBN 017006266X, 436 pp.

Clemens Pratt, ‘Memories of Tony Newstead’, Attachment to: ‘Tony Newstead 1923-2017’, Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, December 2017, DOI:

Mark Newstead, 2017. ‘Tony Newstead’, obituary delivered at Tony’s funeral, November 2017.

Tony Newstead “for the NTP Team”. 1975. ‘Telecom 2000. An Exploration of the Long-Term Development of Telecommunications in Australia’, National Telecommunications Planning (NTP) Branch, Australian Telecommunications Commission (Telecom Australia), December 1975, 166 pp.

Tony Newstead. 2000. ‘Telecom 2000 – In Restrospect’, Telecommunications Journal of Australia, Vol. 50 (3), Spring 2000.

NTP Branch, July 1978. National Telecommunications Planning Branch, ‘Outcomes from the Telecom 2000 Report’, Telecom Australia, July 1978, 70 pp.

List B: Tony’s career as a jazz musician and bandleader

Anon, 2017. ‘St Silas has a proud jazz tradition’, in ‘Jazz Band – Parish of the Parks’, posted on the St Silas & St Anselm Albert Park website, http://www.parishoftheparks.com.au/jazz-band.html, accessed on 24 December 2017.

Bill Haesler, 2015, ‘Luminaries of Australian Jazz’, at http://jazzinaustralia.org.au/pioneers/

Bill Haesler, 2014. ‘Veteran of the golden years of Melbourne jazz. Graham Coyle, jazz pianist 10-8-1932 – 17-11-2013’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 April 2014.

Tony Newstead, 2005. ‘The Best of Tony Newstead’ [CD digital sound recording], published by the Victorian Jazz Archive, Wantirna, Vic.; 2005, featuring Tony Newstead, trumpet and voice, with various musicians and bands, available from Trove [National Library of Australia]. Recorded between 1950 and 1977.

Geoff Tobin, 2017. ‘Tony Newstead’, Jazz Ramble, 14 November 2017.