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Interview with John Doohan

Interview with John Doohan. [Sound recording] [Special Collections]

Audio (MP3) (Interview - Part 1)
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Audio (MP3) (Interview - Part 2)
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Interview with John Doohan by John Clements.

Part 1 - John Doohan talks about his early life. Raised in boys' homes for a while, he became a Merchant seaman and joined the Australian Army when World War 2 broke out. He ended up in New Guinea, was discharged from the Army and worked in Rabaul afterwards. John travelled the world for a few years, returned to Perth and got married, joined the Royal Australian Air Force and was discharged during Korean War. During the Vietnam War he joined Save Our Sons, he watched by ASIO and left the country to live in Italy.

Part 2 - John Doohan talks about his stay in the Soviet Union. In particular, questioning by KGB, problems with the Australian embassy and waiting for exit visas. John details his evacuation to England and the media coverage. He sought asylum in Sweden, was denied and deported back to England.

Part 1 was recorded on 15 December 1984. Part 2 was recorded on 22 December 1984.

PLEASE NOTE: Poor quality recording.

This sound recording is part of the John Clements Oral History Collection.

Date: 15 December 1984
Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: John Clements Oral History Collection
Copyright: © Estate of John Clements
Other Information: This recording was originally made on a 5 inch (13 centimetre) reel to reel tape.
Notes: 2 digital files : 135 MB
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/54395
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