Enduring Legacies

Enduring Legacies cover

23 April, 2015

In a year that marks the centenary of the battle of Gallipoli and the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II, Sydney Ideas presents a panel of contributors to Griffith Review edition 48, Enduring Legacies.

Exploring the consequences of Australia's involvement in war with a critical and inquiring eye, and shifting the focus away from battles and commemorations, they shine new light on the legacy, and long shadow, of the great wars of the twentieth century.



  • Dr Jeannine Baker, a historian from Macquarie University, explores the role of Australian women war correspondents of WWII, the challenges they faced, and how their reportage compares with contemporary conflict journalism.
  • James Brown, former Australian Army officer and Director of the Alliance 21 project at the US Studies Centre, will reflect on the material and psychological costs of ‘our obsession with Anzac’
  • Associate Professor Julia Horne, University Historian at the University of Sydney and co-director of the Beyond 1914 project, examines the legacy of university women and the Great War.
  • Professor Stephen Garton, Provost and Deputy Chancellor at the University of Sydney and author of The Cost of War, examines the psychological legacy for returned soldiers.
  • Professor Tim Rowse, from the University of Western Sydney, focuses on Indigenous people whose lives were affected, without any of them leaving Australia, by the wider transformations of Australian society after war.
  • Dr Tamson Pietsch (panel chair), is the author of Empires of Scholars and an ARC DECRA Fellow in School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney

*Please note journalist Tom Bamforth is no longer able to participate in this event.

Presented with Beyond 1914 – The University of Sydney and the Great War, an interactive biographical database of students, staff and alumni who served in the First World War that uses the extensive archives and personal papers of the University of Sydney and its Colleges.

Copies of Griffith Review 48 Enduring Legacies (RRP $27.99) will be available for sale at the event.