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Denis Warner interviewed by Mel Pratt in the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 721713
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Warner, Denis, 1917-2012, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access closed until 12 July 2022. 
Description 1976 Dec. 8 - 9 
4 tape reels (ca. 300 min.) : 3 3/4 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 

Mel Pratt collection.


Denis Warner, journalist, talks of his early days in Tasmania; working for the Hobart "Mercury"; joining the army and writing for the "Herald"; his experiences as a correspondent in the Pacific; treatment of Japanese prisoners; Super Fortress raid; Philippine Sea battle; Gerald Bogan; American marines; Wilfred Burchett; New Guinea; kamikaze attacks; travelling through the Pacific and Asia after the war; Yamashita; Japan after the war; Reuters in Tokyo; Russian relations; Dick Hughes; Foochow; Singapore, 1949; "Daily Telegraph" London; nationalist movements in SE Asia; Korea; Eyre; Gamboa; White Australia policy; Taegu; Ian Morrison; Lauchy McDonald; Harry Gordon; Chinese Spring offensive, 1951; difficulties in Vietnam; Di Viet; Dien Ben Phu; military intelligence; Peter Young; report of losing the war; Geneva Agreement; CIA in vietnam; Sumatra; Tom Critchley; Wilfred Burchett; torture of Kinne; Menzies; SEATO.

Warner discusses the diplomatic recognition of China; Michael Keon; the "Reporter"; Max Ascoli; citations; demise of the "Reporter"' his interests; his wife's career as a journalist; Australian coverage of SE Asia; his proximity to protagonists in SE Asia; threat of expulsion; relations with Burchett; Americans in SE Asia; SEATO; Iron Curtain; Colombo Plan; Arthur Calwell; Harold Holt; Menzies and Asia; Gorton and Asia; Whitlam and Asia; Fraser and the Sino-Soviet dispute; Indonesia; Portuguese Timor; Burchett.


Warner established a reputation for being Australia's leading authority on South-East Asian affairs after a career reporting foreign affairs for Australian and British newspapers and United States magazines. He was also author of a number of books on Australia's relationships with its neighbouring countries.


Recorded at his home at Mt Eliza, Victoria.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript (149 p.) 
Subjects Warner, Denis, 1917-2012 -- Interviews.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Southeast Asia -- Relations -- Australia.  |  Australia -- Relations -- Southeast Asia.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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