2002 History Conference - Remembering 1942
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.
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