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Our Committee is raising funds to create a lasting legacy telling the story of Lemnos' link to Gallipoli and Australia's Anzac story. Our projects include the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, the publication of a major new historical and pictorial publication and more. To make a donation you can also deposit directly by direct debit into the Committee's bank account: Account Name: Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Inc; Bank: Delphi Bank; Account No: 204299-020 BSB No: 941300; Include your surname in the reference section. For further information on our legacy projects or to make a donation please contact either Lee Tarlamis 0411553009 or Jim Claven 0409402388M

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Book Launch - The Last Battle: A History of Soldier Settlement in Australia 1916-1939

Soldier settlers at Beaufort, Victoria. Photo: PROV
Monash University Professor Bruce Scates & Melanie Oppenheimer will launch his new book on the history of Soldier Settlement in Australia, 1916-1939.
Bruce was an early supporter of our Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial project, attending the launch of our fundraising effort at the Vicotrian Parliament a few years ago.
Commemorative visit to Lemnos near Shepparton. Photo Jim Claven
All interested in the role of Lemnos and Gallipoli will welcome this new study. As many know, one of the comrades of Gallipoli VC winner Albert Jacka was Ernie Hill. When Ernie returned to Australia after the war he was a strong advocate for a soldier settlement outside Shepparton in north-eastern Victoria. When successful he insisted on its being called Lemnos - and this settlement remains to this day.
The Last Battle - Book Outline
Bruce Scates and Melanie Oppenheimer, The Last Battle: A History of Soldier Settlement in Australia, 1916-1939, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
When Australian soldiers returned from the First World War they were offered the chance to settle on 'land fit for heroes'. Promotional material painted a picture of prosperous farms and contented families, appealing to returned service people and their families hoping for a fresh start.
Yet just 20 years after the inception of these soldier settlement schemes, fewer than half of the settlers remained on their properties.
In this timely book, based on recently uncovered archives, Bruce Scates and Melanie Oppenheimer map out a deeply personal history of the soldiers' struggle to transition from Anzac to farmer and provider. At its foundation lie thousands of individual life stories shaped by imperfect repatriation policies.
The Last Battle examines the environmental challenges, the difficulties presented by the physical and psychological damage many soldiers had sustained during the war, and the vital roles of women and children.
For details of the launch click here.
You can purchase a copy of the book a good bookshops. You can order it on the Book Depository too - follow this link by clicking here.
For more information on soldier settlement in Victoria, go to the Public Record of Victoria dedicated website by clicking here.
There is also a good report on soldier settlement across Australia on the ABC, click here.
Re-Launch of Monash University's WW1 Stories On-line Course
This week Monash University will (re)launch their free, online course on the impact and significance of the Great War.
It is based on the digital stories we profiled at the Remembrance Day launch and I hope you find it of interest. To date, the course has attracted around 30,000 learners, making it the largest such course Future Learn has fielded. For details click here
Thanks to Professor Bruce Scates for sharing this information.
Jim Claven
Secretary
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee 

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