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Ray Whitrod Out Takes

Ray Whitrod came to national prominence when he resigned as Queensland's Commissioner of Police as a protest against corruption.
Series : Australian Biography Series 8 | Year : 2001 | Total Duration : 26 Minutes | Producer : Robin Hughes
Director : Robin Hughes |
Tape 1 - Interview Ray Whitrod about house and street that he grew up in, being poor, older brother dying in WWI, younger brother being born when he was eight, mother's encouragement with his education, homework, parents' lack of education, reading as a child, growing up in Baptist tradition, wife's suffering of dementia and how that has influenced his belief in God, mother's tendency to spoil him, independence and self-directing personality, petty theft incidents, matriculation from Adelaide High School during Depression, interest in sports, moving house several times, relationship with Baptist youth leader, joining scouts.
Access No. 131529 | 35 mins 52 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 2 - Interview Ray Whitrod about travelling to school , schoolboy crimes, influence of poverty, athletic talents at school, mother's Singer sewing machine, leaving school during the Depression, first job as office boy, rations, looking for work along the Murray, falling in love with school teacher, joining the police force / cadets, meeting wife Mavis, being attached to the CIB at age of 21, straight into detective force without doing uniform duties first ( a new career structure), descriptions of city and country police, rapid promotion in force, training in detective force, lack of training in any ethic or moral code, attachment to police pony.
Access No. 131530 | 35 mins 55 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 3 - Interview Ray Whitrod about working in detective division, plain clothes, salary, police reluctance to wear uniforms, criminal gangs, bribery, buying a house, abortion crime in SA, learning the ropes as a detective, memory of solving an early criminal case involving a racehorse, murder cases, posting to CIB (Criminal Investigation Bureau) as trainee detective, going steady with Mavis and subsequent long engagement before marriage in 1938, election to the executive of the police union, fight for improvement of conditions, birth of first son Andrew in 1939, joining RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) reserve in 1940 after Dunkirk, WWII, loyalty to King and country, British Empire, optimism for end of WWII.
Access No. 131531 | 35 mins 41 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 4 - Various Ray Whitrod photographs family and career.
Access No. 131532 | 35 mins 23 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 5 - Interview Ray Whitrod about being a navigator in the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) during WWII, various operations/ missions, separation from family during war, being accepted by English aristocracy, learning other customs while abroad, witnessing thief's hand chopped off in Middle East, death of mates during war, relying on pilots, one occasion getting lost as navigator on sorties from Gibraltar.
Access No. 131533 | 36 mins 2 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 6 - Interview Ray Whitrod about difficulties for wife Mavis during war / WWII, receiving inappropriate Christmas gifts from Australian Comforts Fund, effect of war on his behaviour on return home, depression, birth of daughter Ruth and comparison of relationships with three children, extending education, studying law, offered job with ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation), working on ASIO investigations, threat of Russians after war, catching spy Novo, bugging apartment, relationship with Colonel Spry, new head of ASIO, appointment as director of the Commonwealth Investigation Unit.
Access No. 131534 | 36 mins 1 sec | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 7 - Various Ray Whitrod photographs family, career in police force, RAAF. (Royal Australian Air Force)
Access No. 131535 | 36 mins | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 8 - Interview Ray Whitrod about relationship with Colonel Spry while with ASIO, transfer to Commonwealth Investigation Service (CSI), getting offside with Spry, security service involvement with government, Sir William Slim as governor general, CSI activities, little black book, visit from American President Lyndon Johnson, state of CIS when he joined, vision for Commonwealth police force, royal visit by Queen Elizabeth in 1954, personal relationship with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and shared interest in migratory birds.
Access No. 131536 | 32 mins | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 9 - Interview Ray Whitrod about being a monarchist, principles as creator and leader of new police force, belief in English policing system, police recruitment, training, difficulties in gaining an act of parliament through diplomacy, happy years in Canberra, studying for degrees in economics and sociology, security for Prime Ministers, incident with police dog and Dame Pattie Menzies' cat, reasons for leaving Canberra for post in New Guinea, description of Papuan police force, Bougainville problems, offer of commissionership in Queensland and resignation from post in New Guinea.
Access No. 131537 | 35 mins 53 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 10 - Interview Ray Whitrod about admiration for New Guinea police force, recruitment from Calibooth, problems with Bougainville situation, resignation to take up post as Police Commissioner in Queensland, first knowledge of extent of corruption in Queensland police force, Commissioner Frank Bischof predecessor, police deal with SP bookmakers, Crime Intelligence Unit, rat pack - Murphy, Hand and Lewis, obstruction from senior officers, corruption of senior officers, 23 cases of corrupt police lost in court, suspected skullduggery in judiciary.
Access No. 131538 | 36 mins 15 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 11 - Interview Ray Whitrod about brief when appointed Police Commissioner of Queensland, recommendations from police minister / John McKenna which were rejected by police union and ultimately Joh Bjelke-Petersen, raising standards of police through education, Springbok rugby union demonstrations, relationship with university students, establishment of police station on Queensland University campus, clash with Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen over police violence at student protest, support from police minister Max Hodges who lost his job, opinion of Joh Bjelke-Petersen who stymied all his attempts for progress, improvement, Murphy's Marauders for attempted clean-up of Fortitude Valley, relationships with politicians.
Access No. 131539 | 34 mins 38 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 12 - Interview Ray Whitrod about resignation from Queensland police force, Fitzgerald Inquiry, personal attacks, destroying files on corruption before Terry Lewis took over as commissioner, causes for police corruption, neutrality in political views, ethical credo / honesty and integrity, involvement with the Oxford Group in Australia, loyalty between police officers, attempts to instill honesty in the large Queensland police force.
Access No. 131540 | 36 mins | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 13 - Interview Ray Whitrod about attributes of female / women police officers in Queensland, use of crime statistics, success in starting a national police force while in Canberra, academic qualifications, indecision, support from wife Mavis, having emotions, involvement with victims of crime, belief in improvement, influences by religion (Baptist), thoughts on death and life after death.
Access No. 131541 | 31 mins 19 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 14 - Interview Ray Whitrod about ambitions as a child, poor upbringing, marriage intentions, opinion that road taken as a police officer was the right one, dealing with nasty scenes / sights, health scare, involvement with cancer research and cancer victims organisation, public duties priority over family responsibilities, family, supporting role of wife Mavis who is now ill and under his full time care.
Access No. 131542 | 22 mins 14 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |