Michael Kelly Historian

Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly works as a historian in the Military History Section. He joined the Memorial in September 2004, having previously served in the Australian Defence Force as a rifleman with 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. For several years, Michael was a curator in the Memorial’s Military Heraldry and Technology Section and worked on the redevelopment of the Second World War galleries in 2009 and, more recently, the new First World War galleries, which opened in late 2014. Michael is a First World War and Korean War historian, with research interests in Australian operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has delivered talks to public conferences and the media and publishes regularly in the Memorial's military history magazine Wartime. He the recipient of an Australian Army History Unit research grant and is currently studying for his undergraduate degree at the University of New England, majoring in history.

Selected publications

'Kapyong: an epic battle in a forgotten war', The Age/ Canberra Times/ Sydney Morning Herald, 21 April 2016 http://www.theage.com.au/comment/kapyong-an-epic-battle-in-a-forgotten-war-20160421-gobicd.html

'Hard Road to Pakchon: In their first duty, the Australians of 3RAR proved their mettle alongside their British comrades', Wartime, no. 72, October 2015

'The Last Post - Wing Commander Louis Thomas Spence DFC and Bar', Wartime, no. 72, October 2015

'The Last Post–Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hercules Green DSO', Wartime, no. 69, January 2015

'First to Fight; at the Battle of Bitapaka, the AN&MEF were the first Australians in combat’, Wartime, no.67, July 2014.

‘Keeping Faith with the Devils: Australians with No. 196 Squadron, RAF, ferried British Paratroops on D-Day’, Wartime, no. 66, April 2014.

‘The Last Post—Corporal John Jackson’, Wartime, no. 64, October 2013.

‘A Deadly Duel’, Wartime, no. 63, July 2013.

‘Raid on the Twin Trenches: Meticulous planning led to a brilliant success’, Wartime, no. 60, October 2012.

‘The Apple Orchard: 3RAR's fisrt major action in Korea was a brilliant success’, Wartime, no. 56, October 2011.

‘The Raid on Celtic Wood: The 10th Battalion's action was tragic, but it's no longer a mystery’, Wartime, no. 52, October 2010.

‘Sergeant J. A. C. Knight’, Wartime, no. 50, April 2010.


Conference papers and seminars

'The battle which ended the war: Samichon River and the Hook' A Hot Cold War: Korea 1950-53, Military History and Heritage Victoria Inc, Pompey Elliott Memorial Hall, Camberwell, Victoria, 21 November 2015

'Not even a fool's chance: Why the Gallipoli campaign was doomed to fail even before the landings', Australia Day Luncheon, Fellowship of First Fleeters, The Pullman Hotel, Sydney, 24 January 2015

'The First to Fight, The AN&MEF and the battle of Bitapaka', Centenary of the embarkation of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force to Rabaul dinner and lecture, Naval, Military and Air Force Club of South Australia, 21 August 2014

‘Samichon River: “The Hook”, 24-27 July 1953: The Battle that ended the Korean War’, Military History Section Seminar, BAE Systems Theatre, Australian War Memorial, 10 October 2013

‘The Korean War: Australia's Involvement 1950-1953’, Chief of Army ‘I'm an Australian Soldier’ Scholarship 2013, Badcoe Theatre, Royal Military College Duntroon, 18 April 2013