An early start to commemorations in 2017, 75 years since Australia’s peril in 1942. An address by Dr Peter Dean of the Australian National University in Sydney on 17 February 2017. Dr Dean’s, a former soldier, special area of interest is military strategy, in particular Australia in the Pacific 1941 – 1945.
The audience was the Battle for Australia Committee and invited service organisations members of the Battle for Australia association. It had been intended to gather a wider audience, however, economic restrictions dictated otherwise. The committee thanks the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for donating the venue. Notable attendees included Olive Jardine who as an Army Nurse (now well over 90) who had been in Darwin during the bombing, Colonel Sue Graham who represented the Commander Forces Command, and the Honourable Natasha MacLaren Jones who represented the Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott. Olive Jardine brought the original war bonds.
Dr Dean’s address was considered most illuminating to all present. It can be viewed below:
The assembled Audience: