Australian missing-in-action from the Korean War

When US President Donald Trump met North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June, there was great speculation that this historic summit could result in an official end to the Korean War of 1950-53. Sixty-five years after the armistice which ended that...

The Australian Flying Corps in Occupied Germany, 1919

Returning from a recent European holiday cruising the Danube and Rhine riverways, I have been frequently asked what was the highlight of the trip. With tours providing an abundance of memorable highlights on a daily basis, that has not been an easy question to answer....

Playing Cricket with Gallipoli

With the Cricket Australia scandal over ball-tampering during the March 2018 test in Cape Town, South Africa, rapidly receding in public consciousness, it is perhaps time to recall an experience I had seventeen years previously—soon after I began working in the...

Moreton Colyer at the fall of Tsingtao, 1914

One of the more interesting personal stories encountered while I have been revising my 1976 book The Citizen General Staff: The Australian Intelligence Corps 1907-1914 concerned Captain Moreton John Godden Colyer, who was an officer of the New South Wales section of...

A new Australia Day

It seems that a growing number of Australians are questioning whether 26 January is the right or best day on which to celebrate our national birthday. A prime factor for many of those advocating change is the view taken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people...

Australia’s scars from first European contact

[This article was originally uploaded on 26 October 2017 but has been reposted following restoration of the website.] There has been a lot of heated talk in recent times, seeking to label the process of white settlement of Australia that began in 1788 as an...

Snapshots of Arrabury Station

I have written before about the images of Outback Australia in the 1920s that my brother and I were given during a visit to Sweden three years ago.  These were among a collection of photographs that once belonged to our grandfather, Olof Johanson, and were carried...

Isaiah Firebrace – from a distinguished line

This weekend Australia will be represented in the grand finals of the 2017 Eurovision song contest being held in Kiev, Ukraine, by a 17-year-old Indigenous singer named Isaiah Firebrace. Whether or not he (or the wider Australian public) knows it, he is almost...