Craig Tibbitts Historian

Craig Tibbitts

Craig Tibbitts has worked at the Australian War Memorial since 2000, initially in the Research Centre where he was Senior Curator of Official and Private Records. During much of that time he was also in charge of administration and research for the Memorial’s Roll of Honour. In 2016 Craig joined the Military History Section as Research Project Manager for an independent history of the Vietnam War’s medical legacies.

He studied the management of information, records, libraries and archives at University of Canberra from 1999, graduating with a Bachelor of Information Management in 2001. Craig has subsequently studied military history at UNSW (ADFA) and is currently writing his thesis on psychological war wounds relating to Australian forces.

Craig’s main areas of interest and research are military medicine (including psychology), the Vietnam War, the First World War (Western Front), the Second World War (North Africa), and the New Zealand Wars (1845­–1872).

Key publications

“Australians in the First Battle of El Alamein, July 1942”, Sabretache, vol. 45, no. 1, March 2004, pp. 5-20.

“‘The Toughest Battle of All’”, Wartime, no. 38, 2007, pp. 54–57.

“‘Good, Fearless Soldiers’”, Inside History, Jan–Feb 2014, pp. 32–35.

“‘A Military Fervour Akin to Religious Fanaticism’: Scottish Military Identity in the Australian Imperial Force”, in A global force: war, identities and Scotland's diaspora, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2017.

“Casualties of war: for those who survived the ordeal of combat, the medical legacies could endure for a lifetime”, Wartime no. 85, 2019, pp. 30–35.