Photo exhibition marks centenary of Australian journalist

A photo exhibition to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Australian journalist Wilfred Graham Burchett (September 16, 1911) opened at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City on October 28.

File photo of lawyer Nguyen Huu Tho, Chairman of the South Vietnam National Liberation Front Central Committee (L) and Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett

The exhibition displays photographs of Vietnam and the Vietnamese people taken both during wartime as well as peace time by the Australian journalist who had a profound love for Vietnam.

His son, George Burchett arrived in the city and visited the revolutionary base in Tay Ninh Province and Cu Chi Tunnel where statues of the journalist and local guerilla fighters are located.

Wilfred Graham Burchett was born in 1922 in Melbourne, Australia. The journalist was known for his reporting of conflicts in Asia and his Communist leanings. He died at the age of 72.

The journalist visited and interviewed lawyer Nguyen Huu Tho, Chairman of the South Vietnam National Liberation Front Central Committee, in 1965 and 1966.

Burchett was author of many reports on the U.S. invasion of Vietnam, describing it as an unjust war. He was invited to take part in a grand meeting to mark the April 30th victory in 1975 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The exhibition was also held at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi earlier on September 14.

By Nguyen Huu Chau – Translated by Kim Khanh

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