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Michael Thwaites interviewed by John Farquharson [sound recording]
Bib ID 2165696
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Thwaites, Michael, 1915-2005, interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research use; written permission from the estate is required for personal copies and public use for 10 years from the date of interview. 
Description 2002 
5 sound files (237 min.) 
Summary

Michael Thwaites, recalls his family background and traces his varied career as a Canberra poet, writer, former Director of Counter Espionage with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) from the 1950s-1970s, Deputy Commonwealth Parliamentary Librarian (1971-1976); naval officer and academic.Thwaites was born 1915 in Brisbane, Qld. He recalls his student days at Geelong Grammar as a scholarship student, then on to Melbourne University and at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar (1937). He recalls his role as Director of Counter Espionage, ASIO; his involvement in events in Australian political history, such as the defection of the Petrovs; his work as the ghostwriter of the Petrov's account of life in Stalin's Russia. He speaks of his writing projects (poetry and non-fiction) undertaken during his retirement.

Notes

Recorded on Nov. 25-Nov. 27, 2002 at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 136 leaves) available. 
Subjects Thwaites, Michael, 1915-2005 -- Interviews.  |  Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.  |  Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Interviews.  |  Public officers -- Interviews.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Interviews.  |  Petrov affair.  |  Espionage, Soviet -- Australia.  |  Espionage -- Australia.
Occupation Authors.  |  Poets.  |  Public servants.
Other authors/contributors Farquharson, John M., 1929-2016, interviewer

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