Category Archives: ANZAC

David Stephens. ‘There will be blood’: ministerial remarks on the responsibility of children.

There will be blood from the sword up to the belly of a horse, and the thigh of a human, and the hock of a camel. And there will be great fear and trembling upon the earth. And those who … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan. ANZAC Centenary Homily.

 ANZAC Centenary Homily Harvard Memorial Church 25 April 2015 Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO Homily This Memorial Church here at Harvard was dedicated on Armistice Day 1932 in memory of those who died in World War I.  The inscription over … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. Gallipoli: Lest we forget the British promise to the Indians.

  One hundred years on, many Australians probably still regard the Gallipoli campaign as an event involving only Australia and, to a lesser extent, New Zealand. We hear mainly legends, tales of derring-do, myths and maudlin sentimentality about the Australians … Continue reading

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Peter Day. Rather Be Dancing With Me Rosie.

My grandad, he represented Australia; wore a green helmet, too. Walked out and faced the music: ducked a lead ball, not a leather one, mind you. Not much of a dressing shed in which to relax and prepare; A stinking-bloody-trench, … Continue reading

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David Stephens. Atatürk’s famous words of 1934 questioned

  Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives … You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they … Continue reading

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Julianne Schultz. The Great War and Australia’s future.

The Gallipoli centenary provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the many wartime legacies – human, political, economic, military – that forged independent nations from former colonies and dominions. Over the next fortnight, The Conversation, in partnership with Griffith Review, … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Best we forget – the Frontier War and the Maori Wars.

See below post I made on this subject in October 2013. John Menadue Repost.  The drumbeat grows louder.  In the lead-up to the centenary of Gallipoli in 2015 the military drums are growing louder. We are expected to cheer it … Continue reading

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Henry Reynolds. Militarisation marches on.

This article by Henry Reynolds was initially posted in September last year.  John Menadue Australia is obsessed with war. For a generation, federal governments have funded an intense program highlighting the importance of our military history. It has reached into … Continue reading

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Marilyn Lake. Fracturing the nation’s soul.

You might be interested in this repost. John Menadue.   During World War 1 Australia lost its way. Its enmeshment in the imperial European war fractured the nation’s soul. World War I had consequences for individuals as well as nations. … Continue reading

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Vicken Babkenian. Gallipoli’s inconvenient ‘other side’.

Leading up to the Gallipoli centenary, a growing trend emerged in Australia of presenting the ‘other side’ of the story. From popular books, official histories, films and academic conferences, the ‘Turkish’ perspective of Gallipoli became widely told.[1] According to this … Continue reading

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David Stephens. The magic Anzackery pudding

Norman Lindsay was busy during World War I. When he wasn’t doing propaganda posters of slavering Huns or sketching buxom young women he was writing a children’s book called The Magic Pudding: being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends … Continue reading

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John Menadue.  Alcohol and junk food – winning at the expense of our health.

If you seriously follow almost any major Australian sport as I do, you will be conscious of the saturation alcohol and junk food advertising. And in the run up to the centenary of Gallipoli there are no holds barred to … Continue reading

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David Stephens.  Anzackery in the time of Anzac

Anniversaries sharpen sensations and heighten moods. Christmas brings on good feelings, New Year provokes resolutions, siblings’ faults are set aside on their birthdays. Centenaries accentuate this quite normal process. The centenary of Anzac has brought on a welter of commemoration, … Continue reading

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Hugh White on Australians and War from Honest History.

In my blog of 20 October ‘It is becoming much easier to go to war’ I highlighted the reasons and the background  to developments since the Vietnam War that are making it much more likely that we will commit ourselves … Continue reading

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David Stephens. Is this justifiable delicacy or insidious censorship?

The Battle of Bita Paka occurred in then German New Guinea on 11 September 1914. It saw the deaths of the first six Australians killed in the Great War, as well as the deaths of a German officer and 30 … Continue reading

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Marilyn Lake. fracturing the nation’s soul.

You might be interested in this repost. John Menadue.   During World War 1 Australia lost its way. Its enmeshment in the imperial European war fractured the nation’s soul. Marilyn Lake World War I had consequences for individuals as well … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The ANZAC Myth.

The four-year and well-funded carnival celebrating Anzac and WWI is now rolling. The carnival will depict WWI as the starting point of our nation, as our coming of age! It was nothing of the sort. It was a sign of … Continue reading

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David Stephens. The children suffer.

Osbert Sitwell’s The Next War, published in 1918, depicts some plutocrats deciding what would be an appropriate war memorial. The senior plutocrat puts a suggestion which his colleagues eagerly take up. “What more fitting memorial for the fallen Than that … Continue reading

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Tony Smith. Dubious celebrations of war.

On 28 July 1914, the world was thrown into a terrible conflict. On that day, a Serbian nationalist assassinated an Austrian archduke and his wife. Because European states belonged to alliances which were heavily armed and many countries on other … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Anzac and hiding behind the valour of our military.

For those who may have missed this. I have reposted this earlier piece about Anzac and hiding behind our heroes.  John Menadue There is an unfortunate and continuing pattern in our history of going to war- that the more disastrous … Continue reading

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Graham Freudenberg on ‘The Making of Australia – A Concise History’ by Robert Murray

When I was a teenage Tory in Brisbane in the early Fifties, Bob Murray, a bright young spark from the Melbourne Argus was the most persuasive of my newspaper contemporaries who led me gently towards the light.  In Sydney a … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. The French at Gallipoli – Lest we not Forget

A popular myth is that the Gallipoli landings were all about the Australian and New Zealand troops – the Anzacs – with the British somewhere involved, having concocted the unfortunate military adventure. But what is so often overlooked is the … Continue reading

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The Wars we would rather forget. John Menadue

Aboriginal Wars The Australian War Memorial records as follows: “When it became apparent that the settlers and their livestock had come to stay, competition for access to the land developed and friction between the two ways of life became inevitable. … Continue reading

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