Frances Newell interviewed by Greg Swanborough for 'The sharp end'

Accession Number F10626
Collection type Film
Measurement 8 min 30 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 16mm/colour (Eastman)/sound
Maker Newell, Frances
The Notion Picture Company Pty Limited
Swanborough, Greg
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 29 May 1992
Access Open
Conflict Period 1990-1999
Vietnam, 1962-1975

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright

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Scene 38 Take 1. Background as a student in 1966 at Melbourne University; family background strong belief in human life and responsibility; when Australia began committing troops to Vietnam she thought that this was an issue that she, students and citizens should be interested; initially the civilian suffering in Vietnam not conscription was foremost and questioned whether military intervention was the way to resolve the conflict; set up a group at Melbourne University and invited guest speakers; researched the issue and extent of civilian causalities; the imprisonment of Dennis O’Donnell at Holsworthy focused the attention on conscription issue; feelings towards the Australian soldiers was that they had a responsibility to determine whether Australia’s participation was right and if not to refuse to be involved; she does not believe just because they were in the military that they were exempt from responsibility; all Australians had a responsibility and the military was no different; the Moratorium march remembers the huge numbers which was totally unexpected; the truck with the draft resistors was totally surrounded; tension because they didn’t know what the outcome would be – violence or arrests; sense of elation and tension ; the siege at Melbourne University; had the notion that not only should people refuse to register but that they do this publicly to encourage others; organised the draft resistors to be there to challenge the government to arrest them or not; make a public stand against conscription; Commonwealth Police stormed the union building however the draft resistors managed to escape; Michael who she married was underground for eighteen months and she had no sense when things would return to normal; Take 2; retake of take 2 on being married to a draft resistor; Take 3 anti war movement had an enormous impact on Australian politics and other movements in particular such as the women’s movement and the environment movement such as the campaign to say the Franklin River.