For Australians 1942 was a year of mixed tidings. Weighed against the victories on the Kokoda Trail, at Buna and Gona and at El Alamein was the loss of the 8th Division at Singapore and the realisation late in the year that although the tide of the war was turning in the Allies' favour there would be much bitter fighting ahead.

Conference Papers

About the Speakers

Speaker Topic
Keynote address:
Michael Caulfield Converting History into Film
Malaya and Singapore:
Dr Alan Warren Malaya-Singapore Campaign
John Moremon A failure to learn?: Preparing for war in New Guinea (drawing on the lessons of Malaya)
Garth Pratten Scraping the bottom of the barrel?: Battalion command in the 8th Division
The War to the North:
Brad Manera Australian Guerillas in Timor
Ian Hodges The loss of HMAS Armidale
Lunch Launch of Melanie Oppenheimer's book All work, no pay at 1pm
Australia at War:
Professor Alan Powell Darwin Retrospective, 1942
Dr Drew Cottle "A Brave Front?": Responses of Sydney's social classes to the Pacific War, 1942
Dr Peter Stanley Australia under threat of invasion (1.2Mb, pdf)
Conference presentation (4.38 Mb, Quicktime)
Dr Bobbie Oliver Conscientious objectors
Dr Melanie Oppenheimer 1942: Year of austerity
Counter Offensives:
Professor David Horner High Command and the Kokoda Campaign
Major General Steve Gower Sacking the generals in Papua
Dr John Mordike Air Power at Milne Bay, August - September 1942
Prisoners of War:
Professor Joan Beaumont Prisoners of War
Rosalind Hearder "Making bricks without straw": Australian doctors' responses to medical challenges in Japanese captivity
Dr Christina Twomey "Working for the Jap": Australian civilian internees remember 1942
Professor Fran De Groen Japan Party B Bound for Korea, 1942
Australia and the Global War:
Professor Peter Edwards Prime Minister Curtin turns to America
Alastair Cooper The Royal Australian Navy and Allied Command
Battles far Away:
Professor Hank Nelson Australians in Bomber Command
Dr Mark Johnston El Alamein
Panel discussion: Australia and the war in 1942