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Think Piece Series

Below you will find the Anzac Centenary Think Piece Series; short discussion articles written by South Australian, veterans, defence personnel, military historians, authors, academics, educators, and journalists all who have a particular interest and/or expertise in the Anzac Centenary and in Australia’s military history.

The Anzac Centenary Think Piece Series can be emailed directly to your inbox on Thursday afternoons. To receive them click here.

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Thu 23 April:   Brigadier Tim Hanna –  We Must Remember Them

Thu 30 April:   Sir Eric Neal – Lest We Forget

Thu 7 May:       Lt Col David McCammon – Who Did You Remember On Anzac Day?

Thu 14 May:     Dr Susan Neuhaus – Women Need Not Apply

Thu 21 May:     Robert Kearney – Suspension of Arms

Thu 28 May:    WO1 Colin Watego – Warrior Spirit as one with Anzac Spirit

Thu 4 June:      Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare – We Did Not Fight Alone

Thu 11 June:     Darren Peters – Stories You Need To Tell

Thu 18 June:     Major Sally Heidenreich – How Military Service Has Changed

Thu 25 June:     Barry Presgrave – Never Forget Our Service

Thu 2 July:        Christeen Schoepf – Before the Poppy: Violets for Remembrance

Thu 9 July:        David Everitt – With Thanks To Our Quiet Achievers

Thu 16 July:       Adam Paterson – The Royal Australian Navy and Gallipoli

Thu 23 July:      Colonel C.P. Moore – Colours of Courage

Thu 30 July:      Dr Christopher Verco –  SA Medical Practitioners & Medical Students who served in WWI

Thu 6 August:    James Hurst – The Charge at the Nek

Wed 12 August:   Bill Corey – I’m just Bill

Thu 13 August:   Dr Nigel Starck – Victory in the Pacific

Thu 20 August:  Stephen Lewis – Air Ace Bob Cowper – just another ordinary bloke?

Thu 27 August:  Dr John Weste – Germans in SA: interning enemy aliens 

Thu 3 September: Janice Pavils – From Obelisk to Dardanelles Cenotaph

Thu 10 September: Steve Larkins – Every corner of the globe.

Thu 17 September: Group Captain, Ross Bender – Battle of Britain defining today’s RAAF

Thu 24 September: Michael Coligan – From footy field to battlefield. 

Thu 1 October: Graham Cornes OAM – Why did they have to die?

Thu 8 October: Colonel Peter Scott DSO, (Rtd) – Recalling 3RAR in the Korean War

Thu 15 October: Professor Annette Summers AO RFD – Remembering our medical heroes

Thu 22 October: Dr Claire Woods – Defying the odds: Looking to the future. 

Thu 29 October: Calli Morgan – Time to Remember our Servicewomen

Thu 5 November: Catherine Manning – South Australia’s Home front History.

Thu 12 November: Lieutenant Colonel Graham Goodwin – Reflections on Remembrance

Thu 19 November:  Dr Azer Banu Kemaloğlu – The power of personal stories to transgress hostilities of the past

Thu 26 November: Graham Parks – What is commemoration?

Thu 3 December: Julia Langrehr – Mateship remains central to the RSL

Thu 10 December: Kim Philips – The Last Man

Thu 17 December: Rodney Beams – The last thing on their minds

Thu 24 December: Mark Bourchier – Missing from the Christmas table. 

Thu 31 December: Chris Burns CSC – A Century of Australian Military Service in the Middle East


Thu 7 January: Helen Adamson – The War Widows’ Guild of SA turns 70.

Thu 14 January: Robert Black AM RFD – Legacy in the Centenary of ANZAC

Thu 21 January: Robert Jarrad – A time for family reflections

Thu 28 January: Andrew Piper – Can you give me information concerning my son?

Thu 4 February: Ray Kemp – Our Remarkable Silent Anzacs

Thu 11 February: Moose Dunlop OAM – Why so many ancillary ex-service organisations?

Thu 18 February: Bob Macintosh AFC OAM – We must find a way to lasting peace

Thu 25 February: Ian Shaw – Through my Grandmother’s Eyes

Thu 3 March:  Lachlan Clyne – Unley’s Own at The Windmill, Pozieres

Thu 10 March: Dr Barbara Orchard – Our WWII Servicewomen

Thu 17 March: Lieutenant Colonel Trent Burnard – Mateship Across the Generations

Thu 24 March: Don Longo – The Great War and Rural SA

Thu 31 March: Mrs Lan Le – Telling our home front stories is important

Thu 7 April: David Faber – The Anzac tradition and dissent

Thu 14 April: Dr Claire Woods – A unique Game of Football: the tradition continues. 

Thu 21 April: Lieutenant Colonel Graham Goodwin – It’s just a biscuit

Thu 28 April: Keith Harrison – Torrens – A special precinct

Thu 5 May: Lieutenant Colonel Jack Gregg – Empathy – a hallmark of Australia’s Defence service style

Thu 12 May: Martin Bayer – Do Mention the War! A German Perspective

Thu 19 May: Brad West – How to remember the Vietnam War?

Thu 26 May: Group Captain Greg Weller – Remembering our Unsung Heroes

Thu 2 Jun: Kevin Jones – Making the choice to stay home

Thu 9 Jun: LTCOL Jimmy Passan – India’s unsung heroes acknowledged at last

Thu 16 Jun: Peter FitzSimons – A salute to ‘Boss’

Thu 23 Jun: Lt Melanie Fuller – The puzzle of a family military history

Thu 30 Jun: Heidi Van Gerwin – War stories inspired Adelaide’s Flanders Field Poppy Trail

Thu 7 Jul: Barbara Orchard – Food for Thought

Thu 14 Jul: Elena Govor – Russian Anzacs in South Australia

Thu 21 Jul: Christophe de Nijs – Belgians and Australians; rediscovering our shared history. 

Thu 28 Jul: Louise Bagger – When a picture paints 1000 words

Thu 4 Aug: Christine Rothauser – The Great War; causes and concequences – a personal view. 

Thu 11 Aug: Mike von Berg – In the War Engine Room

Thu 18 Aug: Jean Debelle – Caring for the Long Tan wounded

Thu 25 Aug: Fred Fairhead – Long Tan with the benefit of hindsight

Thu 1 Sep: Pamela Schulz – How the Anzac tradition gave a little ‘new Australian’ girl a chance

Thu 8 Sep: Howard Hendrick – Father and Son

Thu 15 Sep: Neil Wilson – The Lonely ANZAC

Thu 22 Sep: Phil Mason – In recognition of the Merchant Navy

Thu 29 Sep: Helen Meyer – Sandy Palmer died today. 

Thu 6 Oct: Rachel Harris – The Home Front’s Forgotten Women

Thu 13 Oct: Prof. Melanie Oppenheimer – After the war…what happens?

Thu 20 Oct: The Hon. Leesa Vlahos MP – PTSD – then and now

Thu 27 Oct: Elizabeth Ho OAM – History; a window on the truth

Thu 3 Nov: Michael Von Berg MC OAM – Indigenous Brothers in Arms

Thu 10 Nov: Group Captain Phil Champion – The Unknown Soldier

Thu 17  Nov: Paul Sykes – The Family Never Forgets

Thu  24 Nov: Chantelle Graham – Hallowed ground

Thu 1 Dec: Jennifer Dowling – I just wanted to be there

Thu 8th Dec: Andrew Natale – Digging deeper

Thu 15 Dec: Simon Kelly – Return to Country

Thu 22 Dec: Rob Manton – Spare a thought


Thu 5 Jan: Graeme Buchan – A 5th Pioneer Battalion legacy at Pompoota

Thu 12 Jan: Colleen Haskett-Buchan – Remembering My Grandfather – an early advocate for Veterans

Thu 19 Jan: Chantelle Graham – More than a simple animal

Thu 26 Jan: Bill Denny – Finding Michael

Thu 2 Feb: WGCDR Bob Macintosh AFC, OAM – When is a war not a war?

Thu 9 Feb: Michael Wohltmann – German-Australians in the Great War

Thu 16 Feb: Dr Nigel Starck – Cartoonist of the ‘Death Railway’

Thu 23 Feb: Brigadier Laurie Lewis AM (Retd) – Missing mates

Thu 2 Mar: Lauren Hadaway – From a daughter’s Perspective

Thu 9 Mar: Rob Manton – Drop the ‘D’

Thu 16 Mar: Bill Hignett – Remembering David Paterson

Thu 23 Mar: Chantelle Graham – Who is worthy?

Thu 30 Mar: Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Tracy Smart AM – The Spirit lives

Thu 6 Apr: The Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP – The Closet of Calls

Thu 13 Apr: Ian Smith – Why do you march?

Thu 20 Apr: Captain Sharon Mascall-Dare – In Turkey the call it Abide

Thu 27 Apr: Sapper Curtis McGrath OAM – DUSTOFF

Thu 4 May: Sharon Cleary – Bulletproof

Thu 11 May: Professor Peter Monteath – Roland Carter in the Great War

Thu 18 May: Andrea Gerrard – The Headstone Project

Thu 25 May: James Hurst – The Cods

Thu 1 Jun: Group Captain Greg Weller – Recalling the lesser known Indigenous War-time legacy

Thu 8 Jun: John Thorne ESM – National Servicemen Memorial

Thu 15 Jun: The Hon Dr Brendan Nelson AO – For we are young and free

Thu 22 Jun: Flight Lieutenant Paul Dare – Being left behind

Thu 29 Jun: Harjit Singh – A son of Australia

Thu 6 Jul: Charlotte Matthias – Why do we commemorate?

Thu 13 Jul: Caitlin Ward – Getting lost on the roads

Thu 20 Jul: MAJ Clare O’Neill – Defining the Contemporary Veteran

Thu 27 Jul: Brigadier Mick Burgess – The stories of heroes

Thu 3 Aug: Dr John H Newton – The view from the Principal’s study

Thu 10 Aug: Hayley Boswell – From a Partner’s Perspective

Thu 17 Aug: Darren Paech – Anzac Day – A personal perspective

Thu 24 Aug: Paul Flynn – Hope and Healing Underpinned by Research

Thu 31 Aug: Pat Beale – What was Amiens?

Thu 7 Sep: Dr Helen Donovan – Effective support for stress illness

Thu 14 Sep: Melanie Fuller – Still following the Sapper

Thu 21 Sep: Dr Romain Fathi and Dr Annmarie Reid – Looking for traces of the First World War: The South Australians in France Project

Thu 28 Sep: Brenton Ragless – Train of thought

Thu 5 Oct: Chantelle Graham – Extended Family

Thu 12 Oct: Ben Parkinson – Continuing to Serve

Thu 19 Oct: Rob Manton – Honouring those who served

Thu 26 Oct: Paula Dabovich – People paused to think

Thu 2 Nov: Simon Kelly – That great victory

Thu 9 Nov: Chantelle Graham – Stop and remember


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