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Villers-Bretonneux - What Really Happened

Ross McMullin with MC Tim Shaw

Sunday 26 August 2018
2.30PM – 3.30PM
National Museum of Australia

In March 1918 the Germans launched an immense offensive that led to Britain’s gravest crisis of WWI. The Australians, rushed to the rescue in this climax of the conflict, were influencing the destiny of the world in 1918 more than in any other year before or since. The culmination of their important contribution was the celebrated counter-attack that recaptured the tactically vital town of Villers-Bretonneux. Ross McMullin’s illustrated presentation will illuminate the background context and tell the absorbing story of what happened (in contrast to what Prime Minister Turnbull incorrectly claimed in his centenary speeches).

Ross McMullin is an award-winning biographer and historian, and a lively and engaging speaker. His latest book about Australia’s most famous fighting general, Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words, has been recently released. No one was more pivotal than Pompey at momentous Australian battles such as Polygon Wood and Villers-Bretonneux. Ross’s previous book, Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and also the National Cultural Award. His 2002 biography Pompey Elliott won awards for both literature and biography. Another biography, Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius, was highly commended by the judges of the National Biography Award.  His other previous books include his acclaimed ALP centenary history The Light on the Hill: The Australian Labor Party 1891-1991, and another political history So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and The World’s First National Labour Government.

Tim Shaw is an award-winning journalist with over twenty years’ experience in television and radio broadcasting as a highly respected Host, presenter and producer, MC & Keynote Speaker. He is a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery since 2016 and elected to the Board of The National Press Club of Australia in 2017.  He was the winner of Best Current Affairs Presenter at the 2017 Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Prior to living in Canberra, Tim was the Thailand Correspondent for the Seven Network Australia. He has appeared on all commercial television networks in Australia and on current affairs programs such as the Seven Network’s Today Tonight and My Business.