UNSW Canberra at ADFA
This Tuesday I visited the UNSW Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra to inspect their special collection. It’s an honour to join the Advisory Council of the Academy. I have always believed military history to be a major strand of Australian history. After all, we are more inclined than most other nations to enter wars! (As the SMH’s Peter Hartcher pointed out on Phillip Adams’ Late Night Live on Monday night). Gallipoli occurred only 14 years into Australia’s national history and was seen as our first national test.
There was some Civil War material in the Academy’s collection. Yes, I only had to see General Longstreet’s memoirs, with their famous chapter allocating responsibility for the Gettysburg disaster, to feel the tug of the Civil War all over again.
As soon as I can, I plan to read two of their publications, Zombie Myths of Australian Military History, a book devoted to myths of Australians at war by different contributors, and To Long Tan by Ian McNeill, a history of the Australian commitment in Vietnam.