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Aug
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

75th Anniversary of the battle of Milne Bay

  

The Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
and the Akers family

warmly invites you to attend the

Special War Studies Seminar
75th Anniversary of the Battle for Milne Bay

to be held on

Thursday 31 August 2017

6 pm – 7 pm

BAE Systems Theatre
Australian War Memorial

Treloar Cres, Campbell

RSVP Friday 25 August

 

E kerrie.hogan@anu.edu.au T 6125 2167

Light refreshments will be served after the lecture

 

Clark Davis Ivins Endowment

The Clark Davis Ivins Endowment pays tribute to 24 year-old Private Clark Davis Ivins, who died of wounds received at the Battle of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea in 1942. Currently the Clark Davis Ivins Prize for Security Studies awards $500 each year to a first year student. The Endowment is aimed at inspiring first-year students to continue their studies with the anticipation of building this family endowment over the next few years to enable the provision, in addition to the prize, an annual travel grant for ANU security studies students to undertake a study program in Japan. At 24, many young people are entering the workforce as graduates in their field, starting their working lives and having the opportunity to make a difference. At just 24, Clark fought bravely for his country in the Middle East and Papua New Guinea, but he also fought hard for his own life, passing away after seven long months battling a spinal injury. His life may have been a short one, but the part he played in the Battle of Milne Bay, a battle that was the first Japanese defeat on land in the Pacific War, is one that certainly made a difference to the lives of many Australians, both young and old, today.

Read more about the Clark Davis Ivins Memorial Endowment

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Aug
25
to Aug 27

Canberra Writers Festival presents: War, Peace and Insecurity: Defence and Military Authors in Session

 

  1. War and Peace through Australian Eyes: Combat Photography from WW1 to the modern day with Gary Ramage and Jeff Maynard

 Find out what it takes to capture the perfect shot in the heat of frontline combat from a modern combat photographer who sees the truth of war through clouds of dirt, along with the biographer of legendary lensman George Hubert Wilkins.

Gary Ramage has lived with our troops, come under fire, sat on Saddam Hussein’s toilet in Iraq and been in and out of Afghanistan more times than he can count. His autobiography The Shot, written with AFR journalist and novelist Mark Abernethy, gives us a rare glimpse into the realities of war and what it means to have the responsibility capturing it all in a photograph.

 Jeff Maynard’s The Unseen ANZAC follows a trail of myth and misinformation to locate Wilkins’ lost records and to reveal the remarkable, true story of Australia’s greatest war photographer. Wilkins led soldiers into battle, captured German prisoners, was wounded repeatedly, and was twice awarded the Military Cross – all while refusing to carry a gun and arming himself only with a bulky glass-plate camera.

 Jeff Maynard’s books include Niagara’s Gold, Divers in Time, and Wings of Ice. He is a former editor of Australian Motorcycle News, a member of the Explorers Club and is on the board of the Historical Diving Society.

Hear from Gary and Jeff about capturing the perils of the frontline for posterity and public consumption. Moderator: Simon Troeth.

Date: Friday 25th August 2017. Time: 10:00am. Venue: Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

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  1. Tip of the Spear: the Operators in Action

 Australia’s special forces including the Special Air Service and Commandos have been behind the lines and in the shadows in every modern conflict in which Australia has been involved.

Yet until recent years little was known about these highly-trained and deadly warriors.

As a Special Forces officer, Bram Connolly served several tours in Afghanistan and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for leadership in combat. He takes you deep into the world of high-intensity combat few have experienced in The Fighting Season, based on his twenty-year career with the Australian Army.

Chris Masters is Australia's foremost investigative journalist. No Front Line takes the reader inside the world of Special Forces and a war in Afghanistan that the Australian public know very little about.

Chris and Bram will take Festival audiences to the centre of fierce combat, the heart of the relationship between Australians and our allies and inside the minds of our country's elite fighting forces.

Date: Saturday 26th August 2017. Time: 12:30pm. Venue: Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

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  1. Here Comes the Cavalry: the Charge that Changed the War

Australian horses and soldiers changed the course of the Great War in the Middle East when they staged the last-ever successful cavalry charge in history to capture the vital wells of Beersheba.

The surprise attack on enemy lines on 31 October 1917 saw the 4th Light Horse Brigade break through the Turkish defences, save precious water supplies and take more than 1000 Turkish prisoners – opening the way for an outflanking of the Gaza-Beersheba Line and the capture of Jerusalem within months.

David Cameron’s The Charge: The Australian Light Horse Victory at Beersheba draws on first-hand accounts to capture the courage and strategic brilliance of the Australian Light Horse and the significance of this victory in the broader context of the Great War.

Friday 25th August 2017, 1:00pm. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

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 1.The Smack Track: Ian McPhedran in conversation

Ian McPhedran’s The Smack Track regales readers with the high-energy exploits and explosive adventures of the Royal Australian Navy in the Arabian Gulf, from battling pirates to tracking down gun runners, drug smugglers and terrorists.

Ian McPhedran is the Sydney based national defence writer for News Limited. He has been a journalist all his working life and has covered conflicts in Burma, Somalia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 1993 he won a United Nations Association peace media award and in 1999 the Walkley award for best news report for his expose of the navy's Collins class submarine fiasco.His first book, The Amazing SAS: the inside story of Australia's special forces, is a national best seller. McPhedran lives in Balmain with his wife Verona and daughter Lucy.

Friday 25th August 2017, 2:30pm. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

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  1. Gripping War Yarns

Journalist and author Robert Macklin’s place among Australian military writers is based on his monumental history of Australia’s Special Forces, Warrior Elite, best-selling biography SAS Sniper and Bravest – which tells the story of 15 Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross and the George Cross.

Ian Townsend, also a journalist and a radio documentary maker who worked for many years with ABC Radio National, has written fiction based on little-known yet compelling episodes of Australian history including the 1900 outbreak of plague in Townsville and the 1899 Bathurst Bay cyclone.

Ian’s latest book, Line of Fire, is non-fiction – combining family history with military history and geology to tell the story of the civilian and military disaster that befell Rabaul at the start of the Pacific War.

Date: Friday 25th August 2017. Time: 4:00pm. Venue: Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

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  1. The Salt and the Scribe

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett in conversation with Ian McPhedran: For more than twenty years, Australian sailors have been risking their lives, conducting often fraught and dangerous operations in war and in the battle against terrorism. 

For more than twenty years, Australian sailors have been risking their lives, conducting often fraught and dangerous operations in war and in the battle against terrorism.

Ian McPhedran’s The Smack Track regales readers with the high-energy exploits and explosive adventures of the Royal Australian Navy in the Arabian Gulf, from battling pirates to tracking down gun runners, drug smugglers and terrorists.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy on 1 July 2014 after joining the RAN in 1976 as a Seaman Officer.

Vice Admiral Barrett has served as Commanding Officer of 817 Squadron and HMAS Albatross, Commander Australian Navy Aviation Group, Commander Border Protection Command and most recently as Commander Australian Fleet. He has received multiple Australian honours for his service. 

Date: Saturday 26th August 2017. Time: 9:00am. Venue: Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

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  1. Secrets and Codebreakers

Festival audiences will get a glimpse into the shadow world with two authors who draw back the curtain on Australia’s colourful and fascinating history of intelligence and codebreaking.

The most recent of John Blaxland’s eight books is The Secret Cold War: The Official History of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1975-1989. It uncovers behind the scenes stories of the Hilton bombing in Sydney, assassinations of diplomats, the Combe-Ivanov affair, and the new threat from China. It reveals that KGB officers were able to recruit and run agents in Australia for many years, and it follows ASIO's own investigations into persistent allegations of penetration by Soviet moles. 

David Dufty breaks new ground in Australian military history with The Code-Breakers of Central Bureau, which tells the story of the country’s significant code-breaking and signals-intelligence achievements during the Second World War. This is a rich historical account of a secret and little-understood side of the war, interwoven with lively personalities and personal stories of talented and dedicated individuals who significantly influenced the course of the Pacific War. 

The session will be moderated by Professor Rory Medcalf, Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015. Professor Medcalf’s background involves almost three decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence, think tanks and journalism, including as inaugural Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.

Date: Sunday 27th August 2017. Time: 3pm - 4pm. Venue: University House, Australian National University. Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

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