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Launch: Matt Haultain-Gall in conversation with Bruce Scates

Please note: This is an online event.

Join Matt Haultain-Gall, author of The Battlefield of Imperishable Memory: Passchendaele and the Anzac Legend and Professor Bruce Scates as they discuss the sacrifices of our Anzac’s in the Second World War.

Given the extent of their sacrifices, the Australians’ exploits in Belgium ought to be well known in a nation that has fervently commemorated its involvement in the First World War. Yet, Passchendaele occupies an ambiguous place in Australian collective memory. Tracing the commemorative work of official and non-official agents—including that of C.E.W. Bean; the Australian War Memorial; returned soldiers; battlefield pilgrims; and, more recently, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, working in collaboration with Belgian locals— The Battlefield of Imperishable Memory explores why these battles became, and still remain, peripheral to the dominant First World War narrative in Australia: the Anzac legend.

This event is free to attend but bookings are essential as places are strictly limited.

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  • The Battlefield of Imperishable Memory

    Matthew Haultain-Gall