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Douglas Wilkie interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 721619
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Wilkie, Douglas, 1908-2002, interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1976 Dec. 10 
1 tape reel (approx. 123 min.) : 1 7/8 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Douglas Wilkie talks of his childhood in England; his early employment on the Hobart Mercury and The Herald; his retrenchment during the Depression; the Canberra gallery; shorthand; being a war correspondent in Malaya, China, Burma; General Stillwell; India; Tom Gear; conditions as a war correspondent; liberation of Europe; Celle; linking with the Russians in the Balkans; Belsen; London office of The Herald; writing the foreign affairs column of The Sun; his father's role in the theatre; his parent' s marriage; his mother as an actress; his parent's Company and tour of China, Phillipines, Asia and Ceylon; their arrival in Australia; the establishment of the Alan Wilkie Shakespearean Company; travelling throughout Australia and New Zealand; Alan Wilkie as an actor; limited financial assistance from the government for the Company; the fire of 1926; Henry Tree's wardrobe; the Tate Brothers; the Majestic Theatre, Newtown; "Hayfever" at the Tivoli Theatre; his father's C.B.E. award; Keith Murdoch; Murdoch's weaknesses and strengths as a journalist and as a manager; training of cadets at The Herald; Murdoch as an Australian; Murdoch's Young Men.

Biography/History

Douglas Wilkie was a journalist, war correspondent and commentator on foreign affairs for the Sun News-Pictorial.

Notes

Recorded at his office at the Herald Sun Building, Melbourne.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-221586235

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (57 p.) available. 
Subjects Wilkie, Douglas, 1908- -- Interviews.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Journalism -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/87
Copy: Recording
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ORAL TRC 121/87 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/87 (summary)
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