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BAE Systems Theatre, 8:15am

11 November 2018 will mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. The guns of the Western Front in France and Belgium fell silent after more than four years of the bloodiest conflict the world had yet seen. The end had come more suddenly than most military and political leaders anticipated.

The Australian War Memorial invites you to join our historians and other experts in a special one-day symposium on the last year of the war, as we assess the climactic events of 1918 – from the failed German Spring Offensives to Australia’s final infantry action in the costly capture of Montbrehain.

There are still some tickets available to attend this event – featuring the opportunity to chat with the speakers over morning and afternoon tea breaks and lunch.

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Symposium program


8.15 am

Registration and coffee

9:00 am

Welcome by Ms Anne Bennie
Assistant Director Public Programs, Australian War Memorial

9:10 am

Keynote address: 1918 – an inevitable victory?
Professor Robin Prior (University of Adelaide)

10:00 am

Morning tea

10:30 am

Victory on the Western Front: Part 1
Perfecting the set-piece battle, March – August 1918
Dr Aaron Pegram (Senior historian, Australian War Memorial)

11:00 am

Victory in Palestine: Sideshow or decisive strategy?
Mr Michael Kelly (Historian, Australian War Memorial)

11:30 am

Victory on the Western Front: Part 2
Exploiting tactical innovation and adaptability, August – November 1918
Dr Meleah Hampton (Historian, Australian War Memorial)

12:00 noon


1:00 pm

Panel discussion with audience Q&A

2:30 pm

Afternoon tea

3:00 pm

Unsung heroes: war correspondents and photographers
Recording the war on film: Frank Hurley and Hubert Wilkins
Mr Daniel Eisenberg (Film curator, Australian War Memorial)

Writing the first draft of history: the diaries of Charles Bean
Mr Peter Burness AM (former senior historian, Australian War Memorial)

4:30 pm

Closing remarks: Long shadows and enduring impacts
Mr Ashley Ekins (Head of Military History, Australian War Memorial)


This event will include question sessions and the opportunity for attendees to chat with historians and authors at morning and afternoon teas and the lunch break.

Presenters’ books will be available for purchase at discounted prices; and authors will be available for signings.