Monash Great War Centenary

‘It makes one feel and realise what a dreadful thing war is’ – a nurse’s story

by Janet Scarfe, Monash University Five thousand Australian nurses served during the second world war. The most famous of these, Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel, survived a massacre on Bangka Island, and Japanese “hell camps” in Sumatra. For many other nurses, life in WWII was by turns tedious, perilous and adventurous. Dorothy Janet Campbell was one…

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Applications open for 2016 CEW Bean Prize

Third-yearJournalism and Masters of Journalism students are encouraged to apply to be part of a unique European experience as a recipient of the prestigious CEW Bean Prize. Two award-winning students will join Monash historian Professor Bruce Scates and students in Gallipoli, Prato and the Western Front to retrace the footsteps of Australian soldiers and gain valuable insight into Australia’s involvement in…

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100 Stories launch at Melbourne Museum

‘World War One: A History in 100 Stories’ was launched at Melbourne Museum on Remembrance Day 2015. Launching the book to a capacity audience, Professor Jay Winter described it as an exemplary social history, exploring new archives, addressing new themes and involving a welcome collaboration between senior and early career researchers. ‘World War One: A…

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Only the conscription referendums made Australia’s Great War experience different

Ben Wellings November 11 resonates less with Australians than April 25. But Armistice Day provides a moment to reflect on Australia’s self-identity in comparison to other nations that experienced the first world war and commemorate it to this day. Nations exist in a perpetual state of creative tension. They must appear to be unique: that…

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Students retrace historic footsteps of the Great War

Monash journalism students have produced historically significant work in News Corp publications to mark the centenary of the Great War and the contribution of Australian soldiers. Sir Keith Murdoch Journalism Scholarship recipient Alana Mitchelson worked tirelessly to produce outstanding research for the Herald Sun and other News Corp publications, including news.com.au and the Geelong Advertiser. Alana, who spent…

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Centenary plans to digitise repatriation files will change the way we think of the Great War

by Bruce Scates In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, the Australian Minister for Veterans’  Affairs and his New Zealand counterpart will issue a joint announcement. To mark the centenary of 1914-18, the governments of both countries will digitise a  sample of repatriation records – medical, pension and correspondence files dealing with the men and women who returned from…

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