Series 271 - Sarah Walls, interviews with Jean-Marie Tjibaou

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Sarah Walls, interviews with Jean-Marie Tjibaou


  • 1988-1989, 2007 (Creation)

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0.1 m (1 folder, 1 CD, 8 electronic files)

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Walls has a first-class honours degree in French and also studied law. She spent 15 years as a journalist, including three years in the United Kingdom, working for the BBC and commercial radio in London, and two based in New Caledonia covering the French South Pacific for the Australian press. She works as an independent translator.

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Sarah Walls, a journalist who covered New Caledonia for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, conducted two interviews with Kanak independence leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou in the year before his assassination in 1989. Walls interviewed Tjibaou soon after the signing in June 1988 of the Matignon Accord, the peace plan for New Caledonia following the four-year conflict over independence. These interviews provide insights into Tjibaous's personal views on the peace plan, his hopes for the future of the Kanak people and his ideas relating to multiracial society 'one founded on recognition of Kanak sovereignty, and extending a welcome to those who came later'.


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Researchers must contact Sarah Walls for access conditions and must acknowledge Walls in any publication. Any profits from publications to be made to the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Hienghene. Copyright retained by Sarah Walls.

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Recordings are in French and a transcript is available in French and English.

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The sound recordings are in .wav format, saved to the digital repository. The transcripts are available in electronic or hardcopy format (items 9 and 10).

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Prepared by Karina Taylor on 13 November 2007




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