Stories about Mateship

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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At the age of 26, Jean Matthews was in love with 5,000 men

These men were Australian and New Zealand soldiers conscripted to fight in the Vietnam War and Jean loved each and every one of them while fulfilling her duties as a […]

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Think Piece: Empathy – a hallmark of Australia’s Defence service style.

As a 14 year old school cadet at Pulteney I was one of hundreds who lined King William Street for Anzac Day (1968) and I was proud on many levels…I […]

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Think Piece – A special precinct

There are many special places on planet Earth. Among mine are the Giant’s Causeway and the Burren in Ireland; the Flinders Ranges, Uluru and Standley Chasm in Central Australia. In […]

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Think Piece: It’s just a biscuit

Last year around Remembrance Day, I wrote about the customs and traditions of the 10th/27th Battalion and the importance of remembering those servicemen and servicewomen who have served and who […]

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Diver Derrick – Lieutenant Thomas Currie Derrick, VC, DCM (1914-1945)

Possibly the best known Australian soldier during the Second World War. Derrick was seen by many as the embodiment of all those best characteristics widely attributed to the Australian “digger”. […]

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Think Piece: Our WWII Servicewomen

  In WWII, some 70,000 Australian women served in eight women-specific Services, in the Australian Army Medical Corps (AAMC) and as Voluntary Aides (VA’s) in Detachments of Red Cross volunteers. […]

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Australia’s Light Horse in the Middle East

South Australia has an important link to Australia’s Light Horse over a century of service. The 3rd Light Horse was raised in Adelaide on 17 August 1914. Two squadrons were […]

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Think Piece – The Last Thing On Their Minds

One hundred years ago in early October, Lord Kitchener sent a message to those in command at Gallipoli querying a proposal to evacuate the troops from the Dardanelles Peninsula. The […]

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Think Piece – Mateship remains central to the RSL

On 8 December 1915 a small group of soldiers gathered together in Adelaide and created what has since become the Returned & Services League of Australia (SA Branch) Inc. It […]

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