Matt Haultain-Gall in conversation
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Join Dr Matthew Haultain-Gall, author of The Battlefield of Imperishable Memory: Passchendaele and the Anzac Legend, and Professor Bruce Scates as they discuss the commemoration of Australia’s participation in the battles of Messines and Third Ypres.
Given the extent of their sacrifices, the Australians’ exploits in Belgium ought to be well known in a nation that has fervently commemorated its involvement in the First World War. Yet, Passchendaele occupies an ambiguous place in Australian collective memory. Tracing the commemorative work of official and non-official agents—including that of C.E.W. Bean; the Australian War Memorial; returned soldiers; battlefield pilgrims; and, more recently, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, working in collaboration with Belgian locals— The Battlefield of Imperishable Memory explores why these battles became, and still remain, peripheral to the dominant First World War narrative in Australia: the Anzac legend.
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