Stories about Integrity

World War II generation fading quietly away

World War ll helped shape the Australia of today, but few of those fought in it remain to share their experiences. The men and women who fought to defeat Hitler, […]

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War stories inspired Adelaide’s Flanders Fields Poppy Trail

When growing up in the ‘60s in Flanders (Belgium), I enjoyed sitting around the “Leuvense Stoof “an early 20th century Flemish Stove decorated with enamel poppies. Our small country cottage […]

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Think Piece: The Puzzle of Family Military History

Family history is an interesting concept. It’s like a puzzle without its box. You don’t know how many pieces there are, or what the picture is meant to look like. […]

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Think Piece: A salute to ‘Boss’

And so to the story of a World War I Digger that has moved me most in the trilogy of books that I have written. Russell Bosisto, see, is a […]

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John Leak (1892-1972) – ‘Funny thing is, I don’t believe in war’

Jack’s army papers tell the story of an orphaned boy who sought adventure, migrating from Portsmouth to Queensland with only a brother in Canada as next of kin.  A teamster […]

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Arthur Seaforth Blackburn (1892-1960) ‘a perfect hero’

Arthur grew up amongst beetles and Bibles, the youngest son of the South Australian Museum’s Honorary Curator of Entomology, who was also rector of Woodville’s St Margaret’s Church. Academic rather […]

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Think Piece: Making the choice to stay home

The Battle of Jutland was fought one hundred years ago from 31 May to 1 June, 1916. It took place in the North Sea near Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula and was […]

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Think Piece: How to remember the Vietnam War?

Amongst the flurry of remembrance activity around the Centenary of the Anzac tradition, relatively little funding or media attention has been given to the Vietnam War. This is likely to […]

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Australian Prisoners of War – our forgotten heroes

As we reflect on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete, we remember that while that ill-fated battle cost the British Commonwealth forces 1,742 killed with 2,225 wounded, a […]

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HMAS Perth evacuation from Crete

From 20 May to 1 June 1941 a fierce battle for the strategically important island of Crete was fought between Australian, New Zealand, Greek, British and German soldiers.  Despite suffering […]

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