Dr Lachlan Grant is a Senior Historian in the Military History Section. He joined the Australian War Memorial in 2011 after having been a lecturer in history at Monash University where he completed a PhD and MA. He has published widely on the Second World War, specialising in the social, cultural, and military history of the conflict. His primary research interests include the prisoner-of-war experience, Australian military encounters with Asia and empire, and Australia’s Second World War in Europe.
Lachlan is a coordinator of the Australian War Memorial’s Summer Vacation Scholarship Scheme, and is the Australian War Memorial’s battlefield guide for the Simpson Prize, leading tours to Gallipoli and the Western Front. He is a member of the editorial staff for the Memorial’s Wartime magazine.
With Michael Bell he coauthored For Country, for nation: an illustrated history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service, and in 2015 he published The Changi book. He has also co-edited, with Joan Beaumont and Aaron Pegram, Beyond surrender: Australian prisoners of war in the twentieth century.
Lachlan has worked on several exhibitions, and was lead historian and co-curator of the Memorial’s Holocaust and Battle of Milne Bay displays. He is currently writing a book on Australians who served on D-Day and in the battle of Normandy.
(with Michael Bell)For Country, For Nation: an illustrated history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2018.
(ed.)The Changi book, NewSouth, Sydney, 2015.
Australian soldiers in Asia-Pacific in World War II, NewSouth, Sydney, 2014.
ed. with Joan Beaumont and Aaron Pegram) Beyond Surrender: Australian prisoners of war in the twentieth century, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2015.