Australia has recently commemorated the ‘Centenary of Anzac’, and the 1916 battles on the Western Front. There is much focus upon how
we fought - not why. This presentation will focus upon the questions arising from our plunge into the Great War. How did Australia get into
this catastrophe? For what objectives, precisely, did the Australian government commit our forces? Did our government carefully weigh
costs, objectives, and alternatives to war? Why were Australians still fighting in the fourth year of warfare?
Dr. Douglas Newton is a retired academic, having taught history at Macquarie University, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Western Sydney University. He is the author of a number of studies of war and peace, including most recently,
• The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain’s Rush to War, 1914 (London, Verso: 2014), and
• Hell-bent: Australia’s Leap into the Great War (Melbourne: Scribe, 2014).
From: Tuesday May 2, 2017, 2:00 pm
To: Tuesday May 2, 2017, 3:30 pm
VenueWaverton Community Hall
75 Bay Rd, Waverton NSW 2060