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Australia after World War I. by Philip Castle
May 8 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Australia had suffered more than 62,000 total dead and about 160,000 wounded in WWI. That the first AIF had performed remarkably well as an entirely volunteer Army, while improving the small nation’s world status, did little to relieve the tensions which built up at home. The challenges for those returned servicemen and women were bewildering once they tried to resettle in a country which was irrevocably changed forever. Also the loss and maiming of so many of Australia’s mostly fit healthy, intelligent, talented young men was catastrophic. No one at home or abroad could have anticipated the resulting aftermath of this mass slaughter and traumatising (shell shock) effects on many of the 416,000 who enlisted (from a nation a little over 5 million).
Philip Castle is a retired journalist and amateur historian. He has researched and written many articles on Australia’s military history. He began a detailed study of the ANZAC nurses for the period from April to December 1915 to acknowledge their role 100 years onwards. He had previously visited Gallipoli twice. He has presented his findings on the nurses at numerous public forums. He recently returned from a two month visit to Europe including a 10-day tour of the western front. He was a print journalist, head of the Australian Federal Police’s public affairs and until his retirement three years ago, a journalism lecturer at QUT and Griffith Universities. He holds bachelors degrees in History/Policitcal Science (ANU), Journalism and Professional Writing (Canberra University) and a Research Masters examining Journalists and PTSD (QUT). He also served as a junior diplomat in the Australian Embassy, Vietnam, from 1969 to 1971 during the war years.
Wednesday talks are free, lunch afterwards $5.