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Evdokia Petrov on the beach, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph of Evdokia Petrov, after she and her husband, Vladimir Petrov, had defected from the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and had been granted political asylum in Australia, in 1954. Mrs Petrov is the woman on the left-hand side of the photograph, wearing sunglasses. She is ...


Question of naturalisation for the Petrovs, 1956

This is the first page of copy 39 of a 1956 secret Federal Cabinet submission made by the Minister for Immigration, Harold Holt, seeking Cabinet agreement to a proposal to grant Australian citizenship to Russian defectors Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov. The submission is entitled 'Question of Naturalization of Vladimir and ...


'Petrov sensation', 1954 - part 2 of 6

This black-and-white clip is from a newsreel story about the Petrov spy scandal and shows the two couriers, who had been sent to Australia to bring Mrs Petrov back to the Soviet Union, at Sydney airport. The couriers, identified by the commentary as F Zharkov and V Karpinsky, are shown checking in for the flight. The camera ...


'Petrov sensation', 1954 - part 6 of 6

This black-and-white clip is from a Cinesound Review newsreel story about the Petrov spy scandal and shows Mrs Petrov and her escorts boarding the plane that is to take her from Australia. The clip begins with scenes of the protesting crowd at Sydney airport. A mid-shot shows a crowd member holding up Mrs Petrov's shoe ...


Four Corners - French Connections, 1985: Connecting the dots

This clip shows the re-enactment of part of a meeting in Paris between investigative journalist Chris Masters and a former French secret service agent, who explains why the link between the French Government and the sinking of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was leaked. Masters, standing on a bridge and speaking to ...


Jessie Street

This is a rich resource about Jessie Street ('Red Jessie'), Australia's most prominent female lobbyist and human rights activist of the mid 20th century. Developed by the National Archives of Australia, the resource consists of a historical essay by Lenore Coltheart illustrated by a collection of archival documents and ...