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The Commando (the life and death of Cameron Baird VC. MG.) by Ben Mckelvey

The Commando, is a biography of Cameron Baird the 100th (and to date last) Australian Victoria Cross winner who was killed in Afghanistan in June 2013. It was quite a disturbing read, although I’m not sure it was intended to … Continue reading

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While History Passed, by Jessie Elizabeth Simons

Knowing that I love to read, whenever I visited Gloria’s family, her dad would hand me one of his very few books. He’d served in the RAAF in Borneo towards the end of WWII and as a result disliked the … Continue reading

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Baghdad Burning : Girl Blog from Iraq by Riverbend

Baghdad Burning should be compulsory reading for every US, British and Australian citizen. It clearly describes how those nations helped destroy peoples’ lives and culture, all in the name of family Bush and those nations who followed them based on … Continue reading

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History Mine: a personal history of history (3)

This year I renewed research into my family tree after stumbling across a website giving free access to basic genealogical records. Through that site I was able to track my ancestry back to the mid-1700s to a time before white … Continue reading

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History Mine: a personal history of history (2)

I’ve now been in Australia for almost 45 years after my parents brought the family half way around the world. They saw a potentially better future for my sister and me outside of Britain, so they made the decision to … Continue reading

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History Mine: a personal history of history (1)

My interest in history developed too late: after my parents moved our family from England to Australia. It was only then that I started to regret not taking a greater interest in the historical landscape of the place I’d left. … Continue reading

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Vera Brittain and the First World War

My 2015 reading year started off so well – but recently it hit an obstacle or two. I’ve continued with books about World War 1, but started committing myself to too many similar books at the same time. A few … Continue reading

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The Other Anzacs, by Peter Rees

The Other Anzacs is the story of some of the ANZAC heroes of World War 1, who weren’t given the official recognition they deserved. They are the nurses who travelled across half the world to do what they could for … Continue reading

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The Price of Valour, by John Hamilton

The latest book in my Gallipoli quest is Price of Valour, a biography about Hugo Throssell VC. Throssell, had survived some of the worst parts of the Gallipoli campaign. He was one of the few to live through the suicidal … Continue reading

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Blood, Paint and Marble.

I have watched from the dirt ramparts of the base at Tarin Kot… I have heard the noise of battle in the distance; taken the radio call… I have awaited their return and tended their wounds… I have worn their … Continue reading

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