John Curtin
MTC Audio Lab

Great Australian Speeches

John Curtin's Japan Enters the Second World War

Read by Greg Stone

Greg Stone recreates the 1941 broadcast in which Australia's 14th Prime Minister John Curtin announces that Australia is now at war with Japan.

John Curtin served as the 14th Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 until his death in 1945.

Curtin's leadership skills and personal character were acclaimed by his political contemporaries. He is frequently cited as one of Australia's greatest prime ministers.

In 1941, John Curtin announced that Australia was now at war with Japan via a national broadcast. For MTC Audio Lab, this historic speech is read by Greg Stone.

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While we're offstage, we begin this new initiative by experimenting with non-fiction texts and poetry in Great Australian Speeches, recreating chilling ghost stories in a dramatic reading of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and will be exploring audio plays when we can return to the studio.

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Published on 17 July 2020

MTC Audio Lab: Great Australian Speeches