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   Battle for Australia Association
    The 2019 Battle for Australia Commemorations

Patron: His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retíd)
             Governor of New South Wales

 Sydney Friday 15 February 2019 - Address by Seumas Spark

'White Man's War': New Guineans' experiences of war, 1942-43

John Waiko, eminent Papua New Guinean historian, wrote that the people most affected by the war in New Guinea were New Guineans. His statement seems an obvious one, but it is not often heard. Scholarship on the war routinely ignores New Guinean perspectives. This talk discusses some of these perspectives, and their importance.

An address by Seumas Spark at: the Auditorium, Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park South, 10h00 on Friday 15 February 2019. Please Book. Contact: . THIS LINK allows you to download detailed instructions on getting to the venue (co-located with the offices of the RUSIDSS of NSW).


2019 marks the 76th Anniversary of those operations and battles of the Battle for Australia which occurred in 1943. In addition to the national day of commemoration of the Battle for Australia which will be held in 2019 on 4th September at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, in recognition of the significance of 1943 in our nationís history, the Battle for Australia Association of NSW is hosting another special event this year on the 15th February.

The event will be held at the Anzac Memorial Auditorium, downstairs in the new south wing Anzac Memorial Hyde Park South from 10am to 12noon on Friday 15th February and will incorporate an address on the Battle for Australia from the perspective of Papua New Guinea. It will also include light refreshments and a Tribute to the sacrifices made by so many at that time.

One of the objectives of our Association is to build goodwill between the people of Australia and the people of Papua New Guinea and to assist in this, we recognise a need to understand the Battle for Australia from the perspective of Papua New Guinea. We are therefore very pleased that we have been able to arrange for this special presentation to be given by Dr Seumas Spark, the Dean of Arts Research Fellow, Monash University, Melbourne. Seumas has authored and edited a number of books, research papers, and articles on the Second World War and on Papua New Guinea. He has also been involved in a number of research projects in Papua New Guinea.

The title of Seumas's presentation is "'White Man's War': New Guineans' experiences of war, 1942-43" and in summary it will note that John Waiko, an eminent Papua New Guinean historian, wrote that the people most affected by the war in New Guinea were New Guineans. White this statement seems an obvious one, it is not often heard. Also, scholarship on the war routinely ignores New Guinean perspectives. This talk will therefore discuss some of these perspectives, and their importance

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