Broken Men, Broken Nation

The impact of the Great War on the Australian community

Host – Lewis Frederickson

Broken Nation

Joan Beaumont

Australia was involved in two wars in 1914 – 1918 – one on the battlefields and another at home. Joan Beaumont’s Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War tells the story of both wars. Winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Award for Australian History, the book combines erudite scholarship with powerful writing. Joan will speak of how she researched and wrote this notable book.

Madness and the Military

Michael Tyquin

Michael Tyquin says ‘War history does not dwell on the weak, the unlucky, the fragile.’

Thousands of Australian soldiers suffered psychological damage as a consequence of horrendous experiences during the Great War. When those men came home the welcome was not always sympathetic – shellshock and other disturbances were an unsettling contradiction of the Anzac legend. Michael Tyquin wrote this book to redress the disenfranchisement of the soldiers that Michael says Australia let down.

This session will certainly evoke audience reaction.

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Dr Lewis Frederickson

Lewis Frederickson is an RAAF officer currently serving as the Chief of Air Force Fellow at UNSW Australian Defence Forces Academy. He has enjoyed 28 years of service as an Air Combat Officer and has relished roles as an educator and qualified aviation instructor. Lewis has an undergraduate degree in history and literature, and a Master’s degree in history. He was fortunate enough to complete his doctoral thesis on an aspect of Australia’s involvement in the Great War at UNSW in 2015. Lewis is scheduled to qualify with a bachelor’s degree in teaching in 2019. He deployed to East Timor in 1999, and to the Multi-National Force – Iraq (2007). He was the lead RAAF Officer in the Australian War Memorial Historical Mission to the Middle East Region (twice in 2016).

Professor Emerita Joan Beaumont

Joan Beaumont is Emeritus Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. She is internationally recognised for her work as an historian of Australia in both world wars, and of Australian defence and foreign policy, the history of prisoners of war and the memory and heritage of war. She came to special notice in Darwin in 1988 when Allen and Unwin published her second book – Gull Force: Survival and Leadership in Captivity, 1941 – 1945. The book analysed the experiences of Australians who were captured on Ambon in 1942. Many books have followed, none more highly praised than her prize-winning Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War. She is currently writing a “sequel” to Broken Nation, on Australians in the 1920s and the Great Depression.

Dr Michael Tyquin

Michael Tyquin is a consulting historian based in Tasmania. He has published extensively in the areas of Australian social, medical and military history. He is the official historian of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps; a recently retired Army officer and a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland’s Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health. Michael was born in Melbourne and raised on a farm near Werribee in Victoria. He enjoys researching military, medical and Byzantine history; and is an avid reader and inveterate traveller. Widely published, Michael is currently researching the role of the Governor-General in Australia during World War One. He has also just completed his first work of fiction – set against the backdrop of the Boer War.

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