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Australia’s Worst: Disaster WWI – Wednesday Talk by Phil Castle at the RHSQ
November 8 - November 8 | 12:30am - 1:30pm| Free
Australia entered WWI with great enthusiasm in late 1914, but by the armistice in November 1918 it had become our worst ever disaster. With total deaths exceeding 62,000 and more than 250,000 wounded from a population of only 5.5 million, this was a huge loss. Worse was to come as those who returned suffered with an estimated another 60,000 dying prematurely as result of the war. Families and friends were devastated with over 18,500 having no known graves. Many families suffered badly with the loss of loved ones; the wounded and mentally scarred returned servicemen. The Australians in WWI were mostly heroic and after the debacle of Gallipoli in 1915 many thought it could not be worse, but it was as is demonstrated by the huge casualties on the Western Front in 1916. The worst year was 1917, coincidentally 100 years ago, and 1918 was almost as a bad. The consequences for Australia after the war were also enormous and still felt today.
Philip Castle is a retired journalist and amateur historian who has travelled twice to both Gallipoli and the western front. In his talk he will examine these campaigns with an emphasis on the western front and will also examine what happened to Australia post 1918. He served in Vietnam during the conflict there for two years, was a print journalist, head of the Australian Federal Police’s Public Affairs and for 15 years until his recent retirement was a journalism lecturer at QUT. He holds three degrees; BA Arts (History and Political Science) ANU, BA Arts (Journalism and Professional Writing) CCAE and a Research Masters (Journalists suffering trauma) QUT.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland)