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    FRANCIS PATRICKBU

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    WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABO

    FRANCISS LIFE? Francis Patrick Burgess (1925-1989), journalist , was born on 14 March 1925 at Stanthorpe, Quee

    George Francis Burgess, a shearer from England Queensland-born wife Ellen Mary, ne Hickey. Plater showed the effects of his Catholic upbringing and schooling at Christian Brothers College, W

    Sydney. On 30 November 1942 he was mobilised in the RoyalAustralianNavy. He was then 5 fin height, with brown hair and eyes and a fair complexion; he later seemed taller. Physically robuas at ease in the war environments of Vietnam and Cambodia as on the beaches of Sydneypartithat he loved. After serving in HMA shipsAdelaideand Cowra, he was discharged from the navyseaman on 18 January 1946.

    , a stenographer. He studied arts and law at the University of Sydney in 1944-50: `Went to univeto be a writer. I didnt know what journalism was and somehow I got the two confused, he latelove of writing and sensitivity to detail would bring a rich poetic quality to his reporting.

    Burgesss first jobs, beginning with the Catholic Weekly, were casual. He took up a cadetship withAustralianBroadcasting Commission and decided to become a foreign correspondent. Having spolice roundsman for theDaily Telegraph, in 1962 he joined theSunas senior feature writer. Hiused by other newspapers of John Fairfax & Sons (Pty) Ltd, especially theSydney Morning HeraLtd, in particular theDaily Mirror. His first foreign reporting experience was in Indonesia and inhe reported from Timor for Fairfax and the London Daily Telegraph. Some material gathered du

    was used byAustralianintelligence; he claimed that this was the only time he spied for his counreported from Northern Ireland, Israel, Africa, Laos and Cambodia. In 1964 he won the Walkley

    newspaper feature story for despatches from the Territory of Papua and New Guinea.

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    WHAT CONTRIBUTION DID FRANCIS MAKE TO

    AUSTRALIA/THE WORLD?

    Burgess again reported from Vietnam in 1966 and during the Tet offensive in 1968. He

    from the heraldSunin 1970 and was sent by theDaily Mirrorback to Vietnam, Laos a

    Cambodia. Although he generally reported sympathetically about theAustraliansold

    was still declared `black on occasion. In one incidentPrimeMinister(Sir) John Go`turfed him off an official aircraft in Singapore for his increasing criticism of theAust

    governments stance on Vietnam.

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    HOW DID FRANCISSWORK MAKE A

    DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD?

    In 1978 Burgess was awarded his second Walkley award, for the best television current affairs repfreelance journalist with a film crew, he documented Highway One from north to south in Vietnamthis success owed something to his Churchill fellowship, awarded in 1968, to study at the BritishBroadcasting Corporation techniques for combining television documentary work with that of thenewspaper correspondent. He published a novel, Money to Burn(1982), and an account of Austrareporters at war, Warco(1986).

    Burgess loved the freedom of the foreign correspondent: `It is, at last, very much his own barrow thpushes. His writings were full of lively and unforgettable images. Humour and colourful depictions o

    and people often disguised the serious nature of the messages. Although he admitted to self-censoprotect the `gentle reader, he lamented that the public took little notice at times of significant issuebelieved that his reports on tuberculosis in Timor, for example, `achieved exactly sweet nothing. Histells a different storya rich and courageous life that sought individual freedom in areas of extremePat Burgess died of motor neurone disease on 23 January 1989 at Narrabeen, Sydney, and was cremwas survived by his wife and their daughter and three sons.

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    LIFE SUMMARY

    Life Summary [details]

    Birth

    14 March 1925Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia

    Death

    23 January 1989Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    Religious Influence

    Catholic

    Occupation

    foreign correspondent

    journalist

    sailor/wran

    war correspondent

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    QUIZ

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    WHY DID FRANCIS GO TO VIETNAM AND

    OTHER PLACES

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    To be a journalist and report wars

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    HOW WOULD YOU FEEL HAVING TO GO TO A

    COUNTRY THAT HAS WAR GOING ON THERE A

    REPORTING THE NEWS ABOUT IT.

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    SITE LINKS

    http://adb.anu.edu.au/ this is the only site I got the information from

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