Lachlan Grant

 

Dr Lachlan Grant joined the Australian War Memorial in 2011 as an Historian in the Military History Section. He previously worked as a lecturer in modern history at Monash University, Melbourne, where also completed a PhD (2010) and MA (2005). 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. He is currently working on a book based the Australian War Memorial’s Changi collection to be published in August 2015 with NewSouth.

His PhD thesis examines the attitudes and outlooks of Australian soldiers as they encountered the diverse peoples, cultures and empires of Asia-Pacific during the Second World War. Based on this research, his first book, Australian soldiers in Asia and the Pacific in World War II, was published by NewSouth in 2014. Lachlan’s MA thesis examines the commemoration and memorialisation of the Australian prisoner-of-war experience.

He is the coordinator of the Australian War Memorial’s Summer Vacation Scholarship Scheme, and in 2015 for the centenary of Gallipoli he was the Australian War Memorial’s battlefield guide for the Simpson Prize. He is a member of the editorial staff for the Memorial’s magazine Wartime and has served as an editor and reviews editor of an academic peer-reviewed journal. In 2013 Lachlan was appointed as a Departmental Visitor with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre in the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University.

Please feel free to contact Lachlan if you have any enquiries about his research and areas of expertise.

Selected publications

Books

Australian Soldiers in Asia-Pacific in World War II (Sydney: New South), 2014.

Edited Books

The Changi Book (Sydney: NewSouth), 2015 [forthcoming August 2015].

[with Joan Beaumont and Aaron Pegram] Beyond Surrender: Australian prisoners of war in the twentieth century, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press), 2015.

Book Chapters and contributions

‘‘Given a second rate job’: campaigns in Aitape-Wewak and New Britain 1944–45’ in Peter Dean (ed.), Australia 1944-45: Victory in the Pacific, (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press) 2015 [forthcoming November 2015].

‘Letters from the past: Changi in myth, memory and history’ in Lachlan Grant (ed.), The Changi Book (Sydney: NewSouth), 2015, pp. 13-28 [forthcoming August 2015].

‘Buying and selling: the prisoner-of-war economy’ in Grant (ed.), The Changi Book (Sydney: NewSouth), 2015, p. 102.

 ‘Changi’s fluctuating population’ in Grant (ed.), The Changi Book (Sydney: NewSouth), 2015, p. 174-176.

‘From Changi to an uncertain fate’ in Grant (ed.), The Changi Book (Sydney: NewSouth), 2015, p. 289.

‘Anzac Day in Changi’ in Grant (ed.), The Changi Book (Sydney: NewSouth), 2015, p. 325.

‘The Sook Chin massacres’ in Grant (ed.), The Changi Book (Sydney: NewSouth), 2015, p. 32.

‘Sport, games and gambling’ in Grant (ed.), The Changi Book (Sydney: NewSouth), 2015, p. 309-312.

‘Thoughts of home: Liberation and repatriation’ in Grant (ed.), The Changi Book (Sydney: NewSouth), 2015, pp. 340-341.

‘Hellships, prisoner transport and unrestricted submarine warfare in World War II’ in Joan Beaumont, Lachlan Grant and Aaron Pegram (eds), Beyond Surrender: Australian prisoners of war in the twentieth century, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press), 2015, pp 196-197.

‘Breaking barriers: The diversity of prisoner-of-war camps in Japan and Australian contacts with Japanese civilians’, in Joan Beaumont, Lachlan Grant and Aaron Pegram (eds), Beyond Surrender: Australian prisoners of war in the twentieth century, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press), 2015, pp 218-238.

[with Joan Beaumont and Aaron Pegram] ‘Remembering and rethinking captivity’ in Beaumont, Grant and Pegram (eds.), Beyond surrender: Australian prisoners of war in the twentieth century, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press), 2015, pp. 1-17.

‘Operations in the Markham and Ramu Valleys’ in Peter Dean (ed.), Australia 1943: The Liberation of New Guinea (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press), 2013, pp. 233-254.

‘Monument and ceremony: the Australian Ex–Prisoners of War Memorial and the Anzac Legend’, in Kevin Blackburn and Karl Hack (eds), Forgotten Captives in Japanese–Occupied Asia (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2008), pp. 41–56.

Articles

‘The Changi complex’, Wartime, no. 71, July 2015.

'The end of the line: the experiences of Australian prisoners of war in Japan', Wartime, no. 68, October 2014, pp. 44-49.

‘They also served: Why D-Day matters to Australia’, Sydney Morning Herald / The Age, 6 June 2014.

‘A neglected role in history’, The Canberra Times, 6 June 2014.

‘On the Great Crusade: Australian participation in Normandy and the liberation of Western Europe’, Wartime, no. 66, April 2014, pp. 26-33.

‘D-Day: 70 Years On’, Wartime, no. 66, April 2014, p. 5.

[with Karl James] ‘The Liberation of Australian New Guinea: 1943 saw the largest military offensive ever conducted by Australian forces’, Wartime, no. 64, October 2013, pp. 58-61.

“They called them ‘Hellships’: prisoners at sea faced an uncertain future”, Wartime, no. 63, July 2013.

“Berchtesgaden: the last raid”, Wartime, no. 61, January 2013.

 “From Daylesford to Villers-Bretonneux: how the work of a Victorian artist reached a school in France”, Wartime, no. 60, October 2012.

 “The Changi Brownlow”, Weekend Australian, 22-23 September 2012.

 “The Marco Polo diggers: why did Australian commandos spend months in China in 1942?”, Wartime, no. 59, July 2012.

“The AIF and the end of empires: soldiers’ attitudes toward a ‘Free Asia’”, Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 57, no. 4, December 2011, pp. 479–94.

“What makes a ‘National Memorial’? The case of the Australian Ex–Prisoners of War Memorial”, Public History Review, vol. 12, 2006, pp. 92–102.

“The Australian Ex–Prisoners of War Memorial and the incorporation of prisoners of war in Anzac”,in Proceedings and Papers of the Japanese Occupation: Sixty Years After the End of the Asia–Pacific War Conference, 5–6 September 2005 (Singapore: National History Museum of Singapore, 2005), pp. 147–58.

PhD and MA theses

The AIF in Asia and the Pacific 1941–1945: A reorientation in attitudes toward Asia, Empire and Nation (PhD thesis: Monash University, 2010).

Mateship, Memory and the Australian Ex–Prisoners of War Memorial: Incorporating the Prisoner of War experience within the Anzac Legend (MA thesis: Monash University, 2005).

Dr Lachlan Grand with Simpson Prize students at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery

Selected Conferences, Seminar papers and Talks

Australian War Memorial battlefield guide, Simpson Prize group, Gallipoli, Turkey, 16-29 April 2015.

‘Remembering Stalag XVIIIA Wolfsberg: The experiences of Australian prisoners of war in Nazi Germany’, Australian War Memorial, 7 February 2015.

‘Making friends with all races and creeds? - AIF encounters with Asia and Empire 1941 – 1942’, Australian War Memorial, 24 November 2014.

‘The end of the line: The experiences of Australian prisoners of war in Japan’, Australian National University, 12 August 2014.

‘The Nazi-Soviet war: The Eastern Front in Western memory’, Australian War Memorial, 12 August 2014.

‘International Law and the transportation of prisoners of war in the Second World War’, Australian War Memorial, 7 May 2014.

“Hellships, prisoner transport, and unrestricted submarine warfare in the Second World War”, Prisoners of War: the Australian experience of captivity in the twentieth century, Australian National University, Canberra, 5-6 June 2013.

 “A Pacific War postscript: The AIF and the Indonesian Independence Movement’, Australian War Memorial, 4 September 2012.

 “The fall of Singapore 1942: 70th Anniversary Address”, Australian War Memorial, 15 February 2012.

“‘Good neighbours’ or ‘police dogs of imperialism’: Australian soldiers’ attitudes to Asia and empire in the Second World War”, The Pacific War 1941–45: Heritage, Legacies & Culture, Monash University, Australia, 5–7 December 2011.

“Myths and memories of Australia’s Second World War in Asia and the Pacific”, The Second World War, Popular Cultural and Cultural Memory, University of Brighton, United Kingdom, 13–15 July 2011.

“‘The dawn comes up like thunder’: AIF impressions of Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War’, Locating History: Australian Historical Association 14th Biennial National Conference, University of Melbourne, Australia, 7–10 July 2008.

“ ‘Not like in the Dorothy Lamour film …’: Australian military forces in Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War”, Monash University, Australia, 2 March 2007.

“Travel, literature and Australian soldiers abroad in Asia 1941–1945”, Monash University, Australia, 1 September 2006.

“Reassessing the Australian prisoner-of-war experience in popular memory”, Mateship: Trust and Exclusion in Australian History, Trades Hall, Melbourne, Australia, 16–17 February 2006.

“The Australian Ex–Prisoners of War Memorial: incorporating the prisoner-of-war experience into the Anzac legend”, The Japanese Occupation: Sixty Years After the End of the Asia–Pacific War Conference, Singapore History Museum, Singapore, 5–6 September 2005.