The Battle of Broken Hill, 1915

In my 1998 book Where Australians Fought: the encyclopaedia of Australia’s battles, I included the following entry which was primarily drawn from Professor Ernest Scott’s volume of the Official History of Australia in the First World War, titled Australia during the...

Remembering Colonel Umphelby

In 2017 the Military History & Heritage Victoria group received an approach from a South African academic seeking financial assistance for restoring and maintaining the gravesite of an Australian officer killed during the Boer War.  The grave was that of...

Melbourne’s memorial to General Gordon

In the heart of the city of Melbourne is a memorial which is surely one of the most remarkable historical anachronisms in the whole of Australia. This is a statue located on the corner of Spring and Macarthur streets, just a short distance south of Victoria’s...

General Legge’s son among the last to die in 1918

Earlier this month Australia marked the centenary of the last action of the Great War of 1914-18 in which infantry of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) took part, before withdrawing from the front-line in France ahead of the armistice which brought fighting to an...

Australian casualty from New Zealand’s Maori Wars

I have always believed that the first soldier to die overseas while serving in any Australian expeditionary force was a member of the colonial military contingent sent from New South Wales in 1885 to fight in Sudan. Though hardly an “honour” that anyone would wish to...