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Heritage Talk – Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words

4.30pm - 5.30pm

Wednesday 9 May

Pompey Elliott was Australia’s most famous fighting general in World War I. Now, with Ross McMullin’s new book, Pompey Elliott has also become the creator of Australia’s most riveting personal narrative of that conflict.

Ross McMullin is an award-winning biographer and historian, and an experienced and entertaining speaker. His previous book ‘Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation’ was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History. His 2002 biography ‘Pompey Elliott’ won awards for biography and literature. His other books include ‘Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius’, the ALP centenary history ‘The Light on the Hill’, and another political history ‘So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and the World’s First National Labour Government’.

‘Pompey Elliott At War: In His Own Words’, is Ross McMullin’s enthralling new book about the legendary commander whose brilliant and vigorous leadership was crucial in iconic Australian triumphs such as Villers-Bretonneux and Polygon Wood. Pompey’s letters and diaries were extraordinarily frank, forthright, emotional and controversial.

Come along, be moved and inspired as Ross brings the remarkable Pompey back to life.

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