2020 recognises the operations and battles of the Battle for Australia which occurred in 1943. In addition to the national day of commemoration of the Battle for Australia, which will be held in 2020 on the 2nd September at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, in recognition of the significance of 1943 in our nation's history, the Battle for Australia Association of NSW hosted another special event in 2020 on the 14th February.
We were very fortunate to have a presentation by Dr John Edwards "Prime Minister Curtin's 'Battle for Australia' - the Politics and Strategy behind a phrase". Dr Edwards is a Senior Fellow at the Lowy Institute and an Adjunct Professor with the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University. He was member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 2011 to 2016. John has published six books, including most recently a two-volume biography of Australia's wartime prime minister, John Curtin's War. The first volume won the 2018 Prime Minister's Prize for Literature in the history section. John holds PhD and M Phil degrees in economics from George Washington University and a BA from Sydney University.
The event was held at the Anzac Memorial Auditorium, downstairs in the new south wing Anzac Memorial Hyde Park South from 1000 to 1200 on Friday 14th February 2020.
Please use the controls below to view the presentation, it runs 42 minutes and 10 seconds. It is a MUST SEE.
Our thanks very much to Dr Edwards for his very well researched presentation. It ties together why Prime Minister Curtin used the term "Battle for Australia" in the dark days of 1942 and applied it to the struggle that ensured our nation was still a free democracy in 1945.
Our thanks also to the many honoured guests who joined members of the Battle for Australia Committee NSW at the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney to witness Dr Edwards' presentation.