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Libby Stewart

Libby Stewart

Libby Stewart studied at the Australian National University, completing a Master of Arts in History in 1989. She has been working as a senior research officer and historian at the Memorial since 1990. For much of that time she worked in the Official History Unit, providing research assistance for several volumes of the Official history of Australia’s involvement in Southeast Asian conflicts, 1948–75. In 2002 she published (with Gary McKay) the book Viet Nam Shots, a photographic account of Australians in Vietnam, based on the Memorial’s Vietnam photo collection.

From 2004 until early 2008 Libby worked as Content Leader of the Vietnam section of the Memorial’s new Conflicts 1945 to today galleries. In August 2009 Libby will publish (with Gary McKay) the book With Healing Hands, an account of the Australian civilian surgical teams that worked in Vietnamese provincial hospitals during the war. She has contributed several articles on Vietnam-related subjects to the Memorial’s magazine Wartime, and is an historical adviser on temporary and travelling Memorial exhibitions.


(with Gary McKay) With Healing Hands: The Untold Story of  Australian Civilian Surgical Teams in the Vietnam War, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, to be published in August 2009

(with Gary McKay) Viet Nam Shots: A Photographic Account of Australians at War, Sydney, Allen and Unwin, 2002. Reprinted in paperback, 2006

Places in the Park, A Sixty Year History of the Royal Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation, Canberra, RAIPR, 1991


“Welcome Home”, Wartime, 45, 2009

“A Gunner’s Tale”, Wartime, 43, 2008 

“One ‘Nasho’s’ War”, Wartime, 41, 2008

“Tired, filthy, but happy”, Wartime, 35, 2006

“Return to Vietnam”, Wartime, 33, 2006

“Bunker Assault”, Wartime, 29, 2005

“Tragedy at An Nhut”, Wartime, 27, 2004

“Vietnam Mine Menace”, Wartime, 25, 2004

“Women at War”, Wartime, 23, 2003

Historical and biographical entries in The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens, OUP, November 2002

“Dogs of War”, Wartime, 18, 2002

“Caught in Action: a photographer’s view of the Vietnam War”, Wartime, 2, 1998

“Charles Cerutty”,  Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Canberra, 1993

(with Professor Peter Spearritt) “Henry Willis”, Australian Dictionary of Biography, 12, Canberra, 1990

Conference and seminar papers

“The Vietnam War gallery – Australian War Memorial”, address to NSW History Teachers Association, Sydney, May 2008

“Representation of Operation Bribie in the new Vietnam gallery”,  40th anniversary reunion of Vietnam Veterans of 6RAR and A Squadron, 3 Cavalry Regiment, Bribie Island RSL Club, Queensland, February 2007

“The Vietnam War, an overview and its place in Australian military and social history”, address to NSW History Teachers Association Professional Development Day, Sydney, August 2005

“Searching for security in a post-1945 world”, Museums Australia conference, Sydney, May 2005

“Return to Vietnam”, The Vietnam War, thirty years on: memories, legacies and echoes, Newcastle University, April 2005

“Images of a lengthy War: debunking Vietnam War myths through photography”, Australian Historical Association conference, Brisbane, July 2002

Contributions to television documentaries

Advised on and recorded interview for “Saving Trooper Gebhardt”, Australian Story, ABC Television, 11 July 2005

Recorded interview for documentary feature film, “The Great History War”, by Chris Masters, 4 Corners, ABC Television, 10 November 2008