Item 1 - 'You will know us by the trail of death'

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GB 249 FLYNN/1/1/1


'You will know us by the trail of death'


  • 1974-2003 (Creation)

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1 folder
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From a file bearing no inscription, found in a poly box file inscribed "Laurie Flynn: misc. notes" in Geoffrey Tweedale's hand

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Correspondence and news coverage following the out of court settlement in the South African group action brought against Cape plc (formerly Cape Asbestos Company Ltd, from 1974 Cape Industries Ltd) in December 2001, after a 5 year battle. Also earlier notes, correspondence and research materials on the South African asbestos industry. Includes:

  • correspondence with ITV re a film project 'You will know us by the trail of death' (originally outlined in 1988 under the title 'Outrageous misconduct - asbestos as metaphor'; see FLYNN/2/1/3)
  • set of microfiches of Charter Consolidated company papers, filmed 1978
  • Flynn's handwritten notes on his background research c.1980-1982, including on the suppression of the research of the Johannesburg Pneumoconiosis Research Unit
  • correspondence between Richard Creasey (BBC, formerly World in Action) and Anthony Mendelle (employee at Cape Asbestos Company Ltd, Barking 1956-1968) following the BBC documentary 'The right to know', April 1974, re producing a WIA documentary about Cape Asbestos in South Africa. See also Mendelle deposition (1984) at FLYNN/1/2/6. Creasey had conducted the investigation for WIA documentary 'The dust at Acre Mill' (transmitted in June 1971), the first programme to bring the lethal dangers of asbestos to the attention of the general public, on the example of the Acre Mill asbestos factory at Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire.

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  • English

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