Person - Harold Rich

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HAROLD RICH (ca 1916 – 1995)

Of interest to ASIO, Harold Rich took over as New Theatre's pro bono solicitor from Sid Conway. In 1953 he acted for the theatre when it was threatened with eviction from the Masonic building and in 1963 he helped draw up the lease at St Peters Lane. His office was at 83 Pitt Street, the address of the Democratic Rights Council (DRC) of which he was Secretary.

As Lance Sharkey’s solicitor on the Release Sharkey Committee in 1949, Rich wrote The story of the Sharkey trial, an appeal for repealing sections of the Crimes Act. (Secretary-General of the CPA, Lance Sharkey was charged with sedition after claiming locals would welcome any Soviet forces who came to Australia in pursuit of imperialist aggressors. The High Court upheld his conviction and he was sentenced to three years' gaol.)

Harold Rich was a member of the Save Rosenbergs Committee in 1953, and as DRC Secretary he protested to Harold Holt over the issue of the confiscation of certain people's passports when they returned to Australia.

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