State Library of South Australia

Book event: Our Corner of the Somme

Date: 5 April 2019

Time: 5.30pm to 7pm

Location: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building

Note: Free, bookings essential

Join Romain Fathi (PhD), Lecturer in Australian History (Flinders University), as he explores how the French remembers ANZAC, and how Australia has remembered its Anzacs in France. The book launch will be in conversation with Emeritus Professor Robin Prior from Adelaide University.

Our Corner of the Somme. Australia at Villers-Bretonneux tells the fascinating century-long story of French-Australian relations through previously unexplored and untranslated French primary materials, and renews our understanding of Australian war commemoration.

The book documents Australians' interactions with local French people and French institutions on the former Western Front through their commemoration of Australia's participation in the First World War. These commemorations, sometimes large and political and sometimes personal and moving, hold a significant place in Australian history.

In this rigorous and richly detailed study, Dr Romain Fathi revises our current understanding of the battlefields of France, and examines the assembly, projection and performance of Australia's national identity overseas.






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