Australia’s Pearl Harbour

Kim Lockwood in conversation with Host Peter Forrest

On 7 November 1941, journalist Douglas Lockwood and his wife Ruth arrived in Darwin and settled into the stylish Herald and Weekly Times house, on the site presently occupied by the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (formerly the Beaufort). Within a few months, Ruth was evacuated on the last civilian aircraft to leave Darwin but Doug was still in town to witness the first air raids from 19 February 1942. He remained for several months, then joined the Army and served in the islands to Australia’s north. In early 1946 Doug and Ruth were among the first civilians to return to Darwin, bringing their son Kim (born 1944).

In coming years Doug Lockwood broke many huge stories from Darwin and wrote a series of wonderful books about the Territory. No story was bigger than the bombing of Darwin, no book was more successful or important than Doug’s account of the bombing, Australia’s Pearl Harbour (first published in 1966). It was a remarkable book, based on fresh first-hand accounts from American and Japanese eye-witnesses, as well as Australians.

Kim Lockwood, himself a journalist and author of note, now returns to deliver this special session about his early life in Darwin and about his father’s creation of the book that is the touchstone of Australian writing about the Second World War in the north.

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