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...