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(generated from captions) on the 31st of August 1997, At 20 minutes past midnight central Paris. set out from the Ritz Hotel in Princess Diana and Dodi al-Fayed Trevor Rees-Jones, would survive. Mercedes, only the bodyguard, And of the four people in her wanted to know why, and exactly how. When Princess Diana died, the world

for manslaughter. police arrested seven paparazzi Two hours after the crash, French chase had caused the deaths. It was claimed their high-speed

dramatically. authorities changed the story 30 hours later, the French

medication. Henri Paul was drunk and on Now the fault was the driver's. the official cause of the accident in 1999, this explanation remains After a French Government enquiry Dodi and their driver. and the deaths of Diana, version is simply not true. But now we know that the official an end, the prosecution wanted to come to The investigating magistrates and truth anyway, because no one would know the real because there was too much pressure, so it had to be stopped. not everything has been enquired on. So it was stopped, and, of course, the French enquiry gathered. 27 volumes of confidential evidence We've been allowed to film the have been seen before. None of these documents enquiry: worrying questions about the The files raise a number of very

four hours of the crash, scrubbed clean and opened within why was the scene of the accident forensic evidence? destroying valuable the official enquiry report? investigation not included in Why was the traffic-police police? scene ignored and silenced by the Why was the first witness on the Henri Paul so blatantly inaccurate? Why was the autopsy carried out on another key witness never explored? connections of both Henri Paul and And why were the secret service

its occupants, photograph of the Mercedes and One of our discoveries was this taken just seconds before the crash. answered. been properly pursued, let alone Many vital questions have never And that appears to be no accident. guests of the al-Fayeds. sons spent two weeks in St-Tropez as In July 1997, Princess Diana and her affair. and just out of a two-year love She was a free woman - just divorced back, without her children, Three weeks later, Diana went new ?12-million yacht, the Jonikal. to join the al-Fayed family on their with Dodi al-Fayed. very public her new romance During the cruise, Diana made The couple gave great headlines.

and pleading for privacy. yo-yoed between posing for stills Princess of the paradox, Diana

On Saturday the 30th of August, Rees-Jones flew by private plane Diana, Dodi and bodyguard Trevor the Jonikal had moored. from Sardinia, where They were bound for Paris. well informed about their movements. understand why the paparazzi was so The security teams couldn't thing that bothered Trevor. And that wasn't the only recommendations on security issues. overruling his - Trevor's - He complained that Dodi was always in Le Bourget. Sardinia and arriving at the airport He recalls leaving the airport in a large number of paparazzi. Of course, there was soon as the bodyguards knew them. movements of the couple almost as They always seemed to know the and he caught a moment in history. Fabrice Chassery is a photographer,

in the doomed Mercedes met. The first time all those

Deputy Head of Security at the Ritz. Dodi was close to Henri Paul, a complicated past. of the night, and a man with He is one of the key personalities Security at the Ritz Hotel, Henri Paul, Deputy Head of minute. the chauffeur that night at the last was sort of press-ganged into being agent for MI6, He was a long-standing Ritz Hotel in return for cash. to MI6 about the goings-on in the in terms of supplying information for MI6 since... And he'd been working for the first time in 1992, Well, I'd seen his file for MI6 a few years earlier. and, from memory, he'd been working best friend, Claude Garrec. was confirmed by Henri Paul's The secret service connection

Henri Paul's past could it reveal? sensitive issue: how much of The enquiry faced a politically only difficult decision. And this was not the and Dodi to the Villa Windsor, Henri Paul accompanied Diana Mrs Simpson had lived in in Paris, the mansion Edward VIII and family had bought. a property the al-Fayed a potential Duchess of Windsor - I think she was aware that she was was not averse to upsetting them, would watch very carefully. And she a sort of loose cannon who they

everyone back at Buckingham Palace, the affair with Dodi would upset and she quite enjoyed how much

your faceness' was in her nature. as indeed it did. A bit of 'in They drove to Dodi's flat - near the Etoile. Number One Rue Arsene Houssaye at a quarter to 10 he cancelled, smart Parisian restaurant, but Dodi had booked a table at a

because there was a crowd outside. father, Mohamed al-Fayed. - the great hotel owned by Dodi's Diana and Dodi returned to the Ritz

She had sole, he had turbot. The couple ate in the restaurant. ?6000-a-night Imperial Suite. And then they went up to the Allen. Goering, Winston Churchill and Woody Previous occupants included Hermann Henri Paul left work at 7pm. to return to the Ritz. Two hours later he was asked in London. Ritz is also the owner of Harrods Henri Paul's ultimate boss at the what happened that night. Mohamed al-Fayed still ponders

about 12 o'clock. Dodi call me. It was now to the apartment.' He say just, 'I'm going Place Vendome is full of people.' I don't know what they do. The And he said, 'A lot of paparazzi. hotel - everything is there. dangerous. Just stay in the I told him, 'Please, it's so your advice.' told me, 'I think I will follow 'No need for you to go out.' He that he's not gonna go out- Why, after Dodi assured me

Ah, Paul- at 12 o'clock, Henri Paul gone to him and convince him, after Dodi talking to me, Don't worry. I know the way,' the back entrance. Everything is OK. 'No problem - we're gonna go from there.' Changed Dodi's mind. you have already prepared everything and, 'Please,' you know? 'Because

the champagne, all arrangements there - they have Dodi follow him, and he say because in their apartment. they have the party there to outwit the paparazzi. would help Dodi devise a plan Henri Paul, part-time MI6 man, This amateur video is the only record of what was happening outside at the front of the Ritz. Whoo! Someone's out; they're very important. Tourists and paparazzi wait for the glamorous couple. Henri Paul tells the crowd the couple will be leaving soon in this, their Mercedes. Five minutes later, the clever ploy: a second Mercedes pulls up by the back door of the Ritz. Henri Paul, Princess Diana, Dodi and Trevor Rees-Jones get in. Paul takes the wheel. Meanwhile, at the front of the Ritz, people scramble into their cars, realising they've been fooled. Using two Mercedes might not be vintage James Bond, but it gave Diana and Dodi's car a head start. Chasing Princess Diana! The quickest way from the Ritz to Dodi's flat was up the Champs Elysees.

But at the Concorde... the car turned left instead of right. It then raced along the river-bank of the Seine. It was now actually going away from Dodi's flat, but the French enquiry never asked why they were taking this route. It is a mystery why they were where they were, because there are many different ways of getting to the apartment that they were going to at the top of the Champs Elysees without going via the Champs Elysees. Where they were is inexplicable. Our access to the files reveals that most witnesses did not see the actual crash because they were either at the entrance or the exit of the tunnel.

It's amazing that one crucial witness who was behind the Mercedes was ignored by the enquiry. His name is Erik Petel. Petel was not the only person to hear a strange noise. There was a man who was on the bridge above the Alma tunnel. He also was a chauffeur, and his car was parked and he was waiting for his people to come out of their restaurant or something, and having a cigarette on the bridge over the Alma tunnel. And he heard this-this... car coming towards him, and he heard a very loud noise. And his conclusion, I think, was that the person driving that car had actually... engaged neutral and then pressed the accelerator; it was the sound of a racing engine not in gear which he described.

Henri Paul and Dodi al-Fayed died almost instantly.

Petel went to this phone box and rang the emergency services. Then he went to the nearest police station. He was badly shaken. (SPEAKS FRENCH)

Princess Diana was very badly hurt when she hit the back of Trevor Rees-Jones' seat.

But she was not trapped in the metal. Under a flash, the full damage is clear. At 20 to 1 in the morning, Paris Chief Constable Pierre Massoni was told of the crash. He woke his boss, the Minister of the Interior, and then made for the tunnel. Princess Diana was lifted out and put in one of the three ambulances that had arrived by 12.40. By 2am, Police Chief Massoni and the French Minister of the Interior became worried because Diana's ambulance had still not reached the hospital. It stopped twice, in fact - first, 1km from the tunnel, and then on the bridge, just 300yds from the hospital. The French press were told this was because Diana's blood pressure was so low. It took over one hour and 10 minutes for Diana to reach the hospital - a distance of three miles. The enquiry never raised the disturbing question, 'Did this delay almost guarantee Diana would die?'

Soon after, the paparazzi were arrested. They became the first guilty party, as their lawyer explains.

With the paparazzi under arrest, the police took no notice of what Petel was saying. He had seen no paparazzi around him or around the Mercedes, but he was surprised to find himself bundled into a van in handcuffs and taken to Paris Police Headquarters.

That night, the police briefed the press that Petel was lying. Paris Match's chief reporter had the story from Petel's lawyer three days later. By suppressing Petel's evidence, the French could blame the photographers. From early September, Petel's lawyer asked the enquiry to hear his client. They only agreed to do so seven months later. Then the enquiry asked the police to explain why Petel's original statement had been lost. The police first claimed Petel was a liar, and second, that he didn't speak clearly enough.

Yes, there had been a call to the emergency services, as Petel claimed, but the caller said he was speaking from Armand Marceau, not Alma Marceau. No such place as Armand Marceau exists. Harrods' head of security had worked at Scotland Yard for 26 years. My first concern was I'd learned that the bodyguards had decided not to deploy a back-up vehicle - a protection vehicle - which was contrary to all of our own rules. That surprised me greatly. I was also very surprised when I learned, particularly from television footage, that the French police had not isolated the tunnel to preserve it for evidence. Whether this was something other than a traffic accident or not, for something of this magnitude involving the Princess of Wales, the scene should have been preserved. These extraordinary images are from that night.

Shortly before dawn, the Proprete de Paris - the green vehicles which sweep the streets - sprayed detergent in the tunnel. Not the best way of preserving forensic evidence. Was it a clean-up or a cover-up? The most famous woman in the world had died. Happy birthday! As Diana's body was brought back to Britain, everyone here expected a thorough investigation,

like an inquest. But France does not have public inquests. The Government appointed a middle-ranking judge, Herve Stephan, to carry out an enquiry into what caused the deaths. He worked to rules that haven't changed much since Napoleon. First, you have something which is called 'the secrecy of the investigation' in France. That means that apart from the investigating judge and the parties - the parties being, really, limited to the lawyers and the prosecutor - no one has access to the prosecution or the file, and no one has access to the evidence. So the media don't know anything, the public does not know anything, and nobody can verify... what's in the file. I do feel that the French have a system that's... um... unlike ours, which we call the accusatory system, where you get two sides against one another. Over there they have the inquisitorial system, where an officer of the state conducts the enquiry with the assistance of the police. All officers of the state are paid by the state and beholden to the state, and one is,... shall one say,

in those circumstances sceptical as to whether or not there can be interference from above. The standard accident investigation carried out by French traffic police has never been made public and does not form part of the official report. But Patrick Chauvel, a well-known French photographer, did speak at some length to traffic police who carried out the original investigation.

They made their own investigation, but then they had pressure, and were told to keep it low. They weren't happy about that, because they made their own enquiry - that's their job. So they don't like to be... pushed when they're doing their job honestly. 36 hours after the crash, the French authorities changed their view. It was no longer the fault of the paparazzi, but a drink-driving accident - an explanation they still insist to be true. The Paris Prosecutors Office disclosed today that the driver of the car in which Princess Diana was fatally injured had an illegal blood alcohol level. He's said to have been more than three times over the French limit, and twice the British one. There was also more evidence about the speed the car was going when it crashed. A police source said the speedometer was found frozen at more than 120mph. Within... just over 24 hours of this crash,

when it was put out that this was caused by... a drunk driver - a person as drunk as a pig - driving at 192km, they were false statements. They were certainly false statements then, and we know that they are now. And one of the reasons we know that, is that the statement as to the drink drive was put out before Henri Paul's body samples had even been fully analysed. So they didn't have an analyst's report of this, yet it was put out that he was severely drunk. They also said that the speedometer of the car was stuck... at 192km/h. That was refuted immediately by Mercedes themselves, who said,

'On impact the speedometer of the car reverts to zero.' Now, that's something they had to concede right away. The files show the enquiry tried to work out the speed of the car. Mercedes were paid to carry out crash tests, although their experts were never allowed to inspect the vehicle. But what is not in the files is another picture which could've given a quick, clear answer to the speed, as Chauvel heard from the traffic police. Well, this guy was pissed of the pressure and he said, 'I'm gonna show you something. 'And if ever this goes bad, maybe I will forget the photo in my office and you can take it.' And it was a photo taken by the flash. There's a camera - there was, it's gone now - at the entrance of that tunnel. You know, those flash pictures when you go over 60km/h, which is the speed limit. The flash is a frontal flash, so you can see the people in the car. You can recognise them.

On that picture you could recognise absolutely everybody in the car. And it says the speed and the date. And what are the people in the car like? > Well, the driver... was normal,... if I can say so. I mean, I didn't know his face before. The guy on the right side looks tense. He seems a little bit afraid. Maybe the car's going too fast. And the people in the back are just laughing their heads off, having fun. We asked Chauvel why that photo had never been released. When they made their first comment to the press, their official comment was, 'The flash wasn't working.' But then somebody found out that the guy who was driving five minutes before, 10 minutes before, in his normal car... got 15 days later... his ticket. The files show the final estimate was that the car crashed at around 65mph.

But that was never published. Two days after the crash, French police stressed the car's speed and how drunk the driver was. But the evidence for that is poor. These enhanced images are from the Ritz's own video.

They show that 30 minutes before the crash, Henri Paul squats and ties his shoelaces.

He transfers his weight gracefully from left to right, and gets up again without a hitch or stumble. Paul spent two hours before setting off from the Ritz in the company of Trevor Rees-Jones. Did Trevor Rees-Jones have any feeling that Henri Paul was drunk? No - none whatsoever. He would not have permitted, in any shape or form, anybody he had suspected of having drunk to drive the car. That was an essential part of his job - to ensure the couple's security. The autopsy on Henri Paul was carried out by Professor Dominique Lecomte and Dr Gilbert Pepin. They concluded that Henri Paul's blood had 1.74g of alcohol - twice the legal limit in Britain. He also had legal medication and an average of 20.7% of carbon monoxide. The carbon monoxide reading is bizarre, because such a high level leads to erratic behaviour.

The first thing we wanted was an independent post-mortem, and that was denied without reason. They wouldn't give a reason why we couldn't have one. We then asked for an independent analysis of these body samples, and that was denied. We then asked whether we could be present at any subsequent examination of Henri Paul's body, and that was denied - all of these things, without reason. The police got a search warrant for Henri Paul's flat. His friend Garrec had the keys and watched. The Paul family were denied access to the material in these bottles - their son's blood and urine samples. Backed by al-Fayed, they got four of Europe's top pathologists to examine the post-mortem report. They dissected the autopsy and listed 28 critical errors that made the procedure unreliable. These included...

The final conclusions of the four pathologists were damning. 22 other corpses were in the morgue that night. The Paul family, backed by al-Fayed, sued the state to obtain their son's samples so they could do a DNA test to check it was really his blood. The French Attorney-General took over the case, but so far the family has not succeeded. The judge said privately that the blood was the great mystery of the affair, but did not probe further. His similar failure to probe Henri Paul's security connections surprised Richard Tomlinson. I do find it strange that the judge didn't- I was expecting him to go through in great detail all the details of the file. I could've given him enough information for him to have identified which file it was, and he could've- It takes a brave magistrate to do it, but he could've asked for a subpoena of the file through the British Government, and there's mechanisms to do that. You can do it. Whether MI6 would agree to it, I don't know, but if there was sufficient pressure, then they would have to, yeah. This was only one of a number of lines of enquiry the French refused to pursue. For Mohamed al-Fayed it was a personal tragedy, but it could also have become a business problem.

Trevor Rees-Jones' lawyers wanted the enquiry to consider whether the Ritz and the firm that owned the Mercedes Etoile limousine might have been negligent. The Mercedes Diana used had been stolen three months earlier and its electronics ripped out. Had the repairs been properly carried out? We tried... to reorientate the investigation on another way, especially towards Etoile Limousine and the Ritz. But by that time the investigating magistrate and the prosecution wanted to come to an end because there was too much pressure and no one would know the real truth anyway, so it had to be stopped. So it was stopped, and, of course, not everything has been enquired on. 27 volumes of facts, speculation and evidence reveal another enigma. Dodi had his mobile phone that night, yet, astonishingly, when the police logged all of the victims' possessions, they found he had no papers, no lighter, no cigarettes, and certainly no mobile phone.

All that was on his body was 1000 francs. Had stuff been found in the car which we were not told about? > Yes. They found stuff in the car, which was not especially unusual. In lots of car accidents you have dope. But the dope was not in the driver's hand, it was in the passenger's, so, so what? But what they didn't like was the pressure. Suddenly they were told to keep it low. A high-ranking police source confirmed to us Patrick Chauvel's claims -

that illegal drugs were found in the car, and the existence of the speed-camera photo, which has never been produced. Some evidence seems to have gone missing; some evidence doesn't seem to have been followed up. In the files we also found this photograph, taken between 20 and 22 minutes past midnight.

There is one picture, or two, which is obviously taken from before the car.

Somebody has to drive before the car to take that picture, especially since you see Trevor Rees-Jones looking into the mirror, but I can't say exactly where that picture was taken. It was obviously taken somewhere in the tunnel, but I can't say if it's in the beginning or in the middle, after some sort of accident or whatever. But it's taken in the Alma tunnel? Yes. So who took this photo? We may never know. 17 days after the crash, the paparazzi were no longer under arrest for manslaughter, but were still charged with failure to help the victims. The enquiry had leaked Henri Paul was drunk,

then another new development which appeared to explain how the accident happened. The police said they'd found debris from a white Fiat Uno in the tunnel. It was suggested the Fiat was in front of the Mercedes. The Mercedes' wing mirror was found at this point, with traces of another car's paintwork, and shards of a Fiat tail light. The Mercedes was thrown into the right-hand wall, then hurled across into the 13th pillar in the middle of the tunnel. The police started a massive search operation,

but only questioned owners of white Fiat Unos in the Paris area. They drew a blank. But al-Fayed's detectives did better and tracked down this Fiat Uno. Its rear tail light had been fixed, and it belonged to a paparazzi. (SPEAKS FRENCH) His name was James Andanson. His past was even more mysterious than Henri Paul's. James Andanson made no secret of the fact he had a white Fiat Uno when French television profiled him three years ago. During the summer, Diana had been photographed by James Andanson.

He was a paparazzi with political connections at the highest level. He was the official photographer to one French prime minister and friendly enough with another, Lionel Jospin, to share a motorbike with him. Yet French Special Branch was so worried by his history, they'd started to investigate him,

as one of their senior officers revealed to us. Richard Tomlinson recalls a figure like Andanson in MI6. MI6 have a cadre of people who have their own profession, their own life - they can be barristers, all sorts of things - who happen to have a skill which is occasionally useful to MI6, and they work on a short-term, contractual basis for MI6. They had one guy who was a photographer, and his normal job was as a paparazzi photographer, but occasionally he'd work for MI6. French security services had evidence Andanson was in the Alma tunnel. The widow of one of Andanson's friends confirmed he had boasted to them he was at the scene. French Special Branch became interested in Andanson when they noticed he'd been the last to photograph, and one of the last to talk with, Pierre Beregovoy - the French prime minister who killed himself in 1993. In June 2000 Andanson apparently committed suicide by setting fire to himself in his car on this piece of army land. He left no suicide note. His body was found by French commandos. Both friends and even the funeral director are very sceptical that Andanson really killed himself. None of this was ever mentioned by the French enquiry.

James Andanson was only one reason why there was pressure not to explore certain irregularities

about the accident investigation. The first witness on the scene was ignored and deliberately discredited. A proper traffic accident investigation was apparently suppressed, and the victims' possessions had apparently vanished. The dead driver's autopsy was clearly flawed, yet formed the basis for the main conclusion that drunk-driving was to blame.

The driver and another key witness had strong secret service connections, but these were never explored. BELLS PEAL For the millions who admired Diana, the questions we've raised will be disturbing. A British inquest promised nearly six years ago has still not taken place, even though it's standard practice in the event of an unusual death, when a body is brought back to the UK for burial. Such an inquest might offer the true explanation for the crash, and it would still be possible after all this time.

The wreckage of the Mercedes is in storage. We tracked it down to a lot outside Paris. It's in this orange container. One key witness is dead, but many others are still alive. It may have suited the French authorities to blame this man, the driver, Henri Paul, but we know the real causes for the crash that killed Diana were more complex and murky. The truth has been suppressed, and possibly suppressed for good. Captions by Linda Wright. Edited by Jane Wrigglesworth. Copyright 2003 Captioning NZ

This program is not subtitled 'The Arbour' by E. Phillips Fox is not just an important work of art. It also tells a story that's part of our history. A person in this painting was a spy for British military intelligence, went down south to the Antarctic with Mawson and influenced Patrick White's last great novel. And the person who did all these things is... ..the pretty girl with the parasol. She fascinates me, but this intrepid Australian adventurer is largely forgotten today. So let me introduce you to her. Her name is Herbert Dyce Murphy. That's right. Herbert was Australia's very own cross-dressing spy. He had a number of stories where he was dressed as a woman. He was chased along a corridor on a train in France by a fat German general who wanted to kiss him and was hotly pursued by his chaperone, of course and he... A slight lad with a feminine face, Dyce Murphy was, nevertheless, very much the Edwardian man's man. He was a living, breathing, ripping yarn. Son of a wealthy Australian grazier, to an English boarding school. he was sent At age 14 in 1894, with his uncle. Murphy sailed to the Arctic on sailing ships around the world By 17, he was crewing to fund an Oxford education. he was fascinated with boats. The whole of his life, goes all the way through his life? Is that the common theme that It defined his life. It...defined his personality. His life on the boats... to prove himself. ..was really trying that we love him for, But he learnt all those things the wonderful stories. Heather Rossiter has spent years of Dyce Murphy's life struggling to pin down the facts as a storyteller because one of his gifts exaggerate with a straight face. was his ability to embellish and had a kernel of truth. Every story, however elaborate, that was the difficulty. And it was getting to that kernel make a mountain of entertainment From an ounce of fact, he could he was after. and it was entertainment Heather found a kernel of truth at Oxford University. in Dyce's enrolment His small frame and girlish face Euripides's play, 'Alcestis'. landed him the female lead in in the audience one night And who should be of British military intelligence. but the director must be very effete He thought that this young man such an effective Alcestis. if he could be But when he was told that, in fact, from sailing out to New Orleans this young man had just come back

he said, "That's my boy." and he was passionate about trains, "That's my girl." In fact, he became, young traveller with an artistic bent Off he went to Europe, as a wealthy of Belgium and France - to sketch the railways and stations in times of increasing uncertainty. important strategic centres quite a sum - He was paid ?12 per week - and kept it up for a whole year. at least the dressing-up bit, And he seems to have enjoyed it, when he got back to England too. because he'd do it for Phillips Fox? At what point did he pose house party in Bath one weekend They just happened to be in the same when Herbert had been dared to go in his women's clothes, to wear in England at all. which he was not supposed attractive woman was in fact a man. E. Phillips Fox didn't know this became fascinated by our hero The novelist, Patrick White, of this painting 30 years ago when we stood in front and I told him the story behind it. BELL CHIMES What he liked particularly church in London dressed as a woman was the story about Dyce going to finding his mother there. and unexpectedly she recognised his voice As Dyce told it, she thought asking who she was. and slipped a note over "I am your daughter Edith." He wrote back,

wanted a beautiful daughter." And she wrote back to him, "I always create the cross-dressing character That exchange inspired White to 'Eddie' or Edith Twyborn 'The Twyborn Affair'. in his last major novel, The notion of being... such a different person ..of becoming by the mother in return... and then being loved the note that's passed, Because the thing about "I am your daughter Edith", the thing about is not the note, but the reply. what is crucial for Patrick "I love this bizarre child." Here was a mother who said, never happened for Patrick That, I think, the spur, really, for the book. and that was the...that was Well, Patrick, of course, the idea of changing sex. was fascinated by His intuition was that as part of his job. Herbert wasn't just cross-dressing psychologically quite deep. It was something that was Yes. very sick of it in the end Whatever it was, he got never relate afterwards and he said he could to other men or women properly he was a beautiful young woman because men chased him so when that he was quite disgusted awkward with the female sex. and he also apparently felt a bit he was in his 50s, He didn't marry until and his bride was 46. and, in fact, he was 54 left the dresses behind, Dyce eventually nor the habit of embellishment. but never the sense of adventure

to the Antarctic with Mawson in 1911. There's no doubt he went his girlish looks way behind him, Here he is, which he seemed greatly to amuse. but with a captive audience that gift of storytelling HEATHER ROSSITER: That was where really came into its own locked for so many months because those men were terrible little hut. in that absolutely psychologically, spiritually. Mawson wasn't able to lift them up transport them out of that hut, And Herbert was able to terrible Cape Denison. right away from that the adventures diminished. As he got older, of course,

never waned. But the storyteller's flame who had an independent income, In the 1920s, Herbert Dyce Murphy,

in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. moved down here to Mount Martha children who came along And here he regaled many young the same kind of stories and heard exactly

the expeditioners of Mawson that he used to tell down south in Antarctica. was Moira Watson, And among those children who now owns the house. to stay every school holidays He had about 12 children and a couple of parents too.

in his old, white Fiat, And he took us out our complexions. wearing veils to save to catch flathead. And he took us boating

and Murphy would have The big fireplace was always open over one side of it where he sat a leather chair

we'd all creep closer and closer. and when he started telling a story He was a pied piper. We would've gone anywhere. Our poor parents.

we'd have given up home life If only they knew the way we felt, at the drop of a hat. and just gone off (Laughs)

at the age of 91. Herbert Dyce Murphy died in 1971 the Anglican priest, in his eulogy, And at his funeral, summed up his life very accurately. the first to admit He said, "He would be "that his detailed memory for facts "was matched with a particularly vivid imagination

"and at times it's difficult for us to detect "at which point truth would end and fiction take over." In the end, it didn't matter to Patrick whether any of this was true. It was just a gorgeous story. And I think he and Dyce Murphy were at one with this,

that what mattered was not, you know, the great game of espionage, but the great game of storytelling.

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