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...

War historian F. M. Cutlack involved in Lasseter fraud?

One of the many surprises to come from researching my recently completed documentary movie The truth about Lasseter (see July Newsletter) was the number of well-known and significant people who became associated with expeditions to locate the mythical “lost” gold reef...

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...