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Ross McMullin: Farewell Dear People

Event Information

  • 9 Apr 2013 12:30pm
  • Mitchell Theatre at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
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For Australia, a new nation with a relatively small population, the death of 60,000 soldiers during World War I was catastrophic. Australians evaluating the conflict have tended to focus on the sheer quantity of all those countrymen who did not return.

Ross McMullin has retrieved the stories of ten exceptional Australians who exemplified Australia’s gifted lost generation of that conflict and are little known today. They include a revered medical scientist, an Antarctic explorer, a Rhodes Scholar, a rising star in NSW Labor, a visionary vigneron, a talented Duntroon graduate from Marrickville, a dazzling footballer, and a popular farmer who inspired the film Gallipoli.

Guest Speaker

Ross McMullin is a historian and biographer. His biographies include Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius and the award-winning Pompey Elliott. He is the author of the commissioned ALP centenary history The Light on the Hill and another book of political history, So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and the World’s First National Labour Government. His latest book is Farewell Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation, a multi-biography of ten exceptional but little-known Australians who died in the Great War. It was recently awarded the 2013 National Cultural Award for its “outstanding contribution to the quality of Australian cultural life”.