Peace in Australia: The Untold Story

The second of a series of four forums held by the Anzac Centenary Peace Coalition to explore our shared history and relate the efforts of Australians to create peaceful alternatives. Featuring Australian historians Professor Joy Damousi, Dr Val Noone and Professor Bruce Scates. This event also includes the Launch of the Australian Living Peace Museum.

This is the second public forum in the series ‘Peace in Australia: the Untold Story’ hosted by the Anzac Centenary Peace Coalition. ‘Federation to the Aftermath of World War One’ will cover the period 1900-1920, focussing on the social history of Australia leading up to the war; WWI, the anti-war and anti-conscription movements and the legal efforts to draft a framework for peaceful conflict resolution; and the human costs of war both at Gallipoli, the Western Front and at home.

Featuring renowned Australian historians Professor Joy Damousi, Dr Val Noone and Professor Bruce Scates and music from performer Morgan Philips.

Entry by donation to cover costs is appreciated. Register at


Professor Joy Damousi

Joy is Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at Melbourne University. She is the author of numerous books which include The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia); Living with the Aftermath: Trauma, Nostalgia and Grief in Post-war Australia and Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia 1840-1940. With Philip Dwyer she is the general editor of a four volume World History of Violence, due to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. With Marilyn Lake she edited Gender and War Australians at War in the Twentieth Century. She is also currently the editor of the History series for Melbourne University Press. Her current research includes war, trauma and post-war Greek migration to Australia; sound and the two world wars; and child refugees and war.

Dr Val Noone

Val is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at Melbourne University and has been awarded a medal of the Order of Australia for his service to education as an academic and historical researcher, and to the community. He has written extensively on social, cultural and linguistic history in Victoria, with a particular interest in the history of the Irish language. His doctoral dissertation examined religious attitudes to war.Aided by his wife, Mary, and son, Michael, he has presented two public forums on an Alternative Commemoration of the Anzac Tradition. These forums explored the Australian anti-war and anti-conscription movements, and the humanitarian consequences of war. Besides journal articles, his publications include the books, Disturbing the War: Melbourne Catholics and Vietnam, Catholics and Nuclear War and Hidden Ireland in Victoria.

Professor Bruce Scates

Bruce is the Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University and a prize-winning teacher, novelist and historian. His many publications include Return to Gallipoli, A New Australia, the Cambridge History of the Shrine of Remembrance and the recently republished Women and the Great War (co authored with Raelene Frances). The last of these won the coveted NSW Premier’s History Award. Professor Scates is the lead author of Anzac Journeys, and was chosen from a field of distinguished international scholars to write the entry on Memorials for the Cambridge History of the First World War. Believing history should appeal to the emotions and the imagination, he has also written a novel, On Dangerous Ground, retracing CEW Bean’s steps across the battlefields. Described by Tom Keneally as ‘eloquent’, ‘complex’ and ‘engrossing’, it has been listed on Australia’s first national curriculum for literature, set on university courses in Germany, Turkey and Australia, and awarded special commendation in the Christina Stead Awards.

What: Peace in Australia: The Untold Story – Second Forum

When: 16th March 2015: Federation to the Aftermath of World War I


Cost: by donation – Register at

More information: Georgia Murphy, Anzac Centenary Peace Coalition Project Officer, Tues – Wed: (03) 9251 5270

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