By Tom Heenan
The novel journalist Wilfred Burchett (1911–1983) was once persecuted by means of the Australian govt in the course of his lifetime and publicly reviled in print lengthy after his dying. After a uncommon wartime profession with the London day-by-day Express, Burchett drifted to the left with the onset of the chilly War.
During the Korean and Vietnam wars he used to be condemned as a traitor for his pro-Communist stories, and denied an Australian passport by way of successive Liberal governments of the Nineteen Fifties and 1960s.
From visitor to Traitor is the 1st scholarly biography of this arguable international correspondent. Tom Heenan explores the reality at the back of Burchett's studies from his travels at the different facet of the ideological divide. utilizing ASIO records from the Nineteen Fifties to the Nineteen Seventies, and different archival fabric, Heenan exposes the insubstantial nature of the allegations of treachery made opposed to Burchett. This booklet casts priceless new gentle on a unprecedented Australian whose tale is likely one of the maximum political scandals within the nation's background.
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19 George considered self-government as more than a political panacea to ward off pending anarchy. 20 To overthrow the well-reasoned and established order was to undo God’s handiwork. Some time during 1933 George and Wilfred put these principles into practice in Poowong. Supported by the local schoolteacher and the recently arrived manager of the butter factory, they founded the Poowong Discussion Club. Winston maintained that the idea had originated from his own Pathfinders Club, which he and some exSunday school companions had established in Ballarat during the early 1930s.
Caleb Burchett, ‘The Hazeldene Tree’, Melbourne Argus, 7 January 1922. Purcell, Who is Wilfred Burchett? The Making of an Australian Radical, unpublished Honours thesis, Monash University, 1990. Author’s interview with Winston Burchett, 10 February 1997. Anonymous, He Chose Truth, p. 14. Burchett, Passport, p. 38. ibid. ) The New Popular Educator—The University in the Home, vol 1. See page entitled ‘Opening Remarks’. Ballarat High School records, Book 9, 1924–1938, forms D2 &D3. Hammerton, op. , vol.
Alan Ward, ‘Labour Policy and Immigration’, in Spencer, Ward & Connell, op. , p. 82. Burchett, op. , pp. 135, 138. For an account of the 1878 rebellion see Connell, op. , pp. 59–72. Burchett, op. , p. 135. , p. 82. Burchett, ‘The Next French Revolution—France’s Story Since 1789’, The Age Literary Supplement, 12 July 1941. Melbourne Argus, 13 December 1941. From Traveller to Traitor Heenan life of wilfred berchett 42 42 7/6/06 3:07:05 PM Chapter 2 The Road The High Road to China In October 1941, Burchett boarded a train at Rangoon station.