Photos of the Faceless Men
There’s been quite a lot of interest in my blog about Graham Freudenberg and the much publicised photo of Whitlam and Calwell waiting outside the Kingston hotel in 1963.
Stephen Holt recently co-authored with Ross Fitzgerald a book on Alan Reid, the famous Canberra correspondent for Frank Packer’s Daily Telegraph. It was Reid who arranged to have the photos taken of Calwell and Whitlam outside the Conference as they waited for a decision on Labor’s position on North West Cape. He also coined the term “faceless men” in the accompanying story.
Stephen sent in these photos from The Daily Telegraph in 1963. They were taken by Reid’s friend, Vladimir Paral, who came over when Reid saw them outside the hotel. Subsequently, the trio did enter the hotel where these photos were taken. One of them shows Graham (partly obscured) talking to one of the delegates.
The full story can be found in Stephen’s book “Alan ‘the Red Fox’ Reid”, University of NSW Press, 2010.