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Peter Rees – Bearing Witness: Charles Bean

Event Information

  • 7 Apr 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Sydney CBD
  • New South Wales
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  • Cost: Free and open to the public

Charles Bean was Australia’s most respected and renowned war correspondent. He is the journalist who told Australia about the horrors of Gallipoli and the Western Front. He is the historian who did so much to create the Anzac legend and shape the emerging Australian identity in the years after Federation. He is the patriot who was central to the establishment of one of this country’s most important cultural institutions, the Australian War Memorial. Yet we know so little about him as a man. Bearing Witness changes that omission in our national biography.


This is the first complete portrait of Charles Bean.. But beyond this, it is a powerful and detailed explorations of his life, his accomplishments and a marriage that sustained and enriched him.


Guest Speaker


Peter Rees was a journalist for more than forty years, working as federal political correspondent for the Melbourne Sun, The West Australian and The Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of The Boy from Boree Creek: The Tim Fischer Story, Tim Fischer’s Outback Heroes, Killing Juanita: a true story of murder and corruption, Anzac Girls: The Extraordinary story of our World War I Nurses, Desert Boys: Australians at War from Beersheba to Tobruk to El Alamein and Lancaster Men. He lives in Canberra.


FREE & Open to the Public