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Farewell, Dear People : Biographies of Australia's Lost Generation - Ross McMullin

Farewell, Dear People

Biographies of Australia's Lost Generation

Paperback Published: 21st March 2012
ISBN: 9781921844669
Number Of Pages: 608

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An analysis of the individuals making up the lost generation of WWI. They involve a range of backgrounds and experiences, all states and classes, and come from a variety of military units - not just the infantry.

About the Author

Ross McMullin is a historian and biographer whose main interests are Australian history, politics, and sport. He has researched and written extensively about the impact on Australia of its involvement in World War I.

Dr McMullin's books include his biographies, the award-winning Pompey Elliott and Will Dyson: Australia’s radical genius; his ALP history, The Light on the Hill; and another political history, So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and the world’s first national labour government.

Industry Reviews

'Superbly researched, and written with great heart.'

--Les Carlyon

'McMullin has set a new standard in Australian military biographical, for which he must be congratulated. Very highly recommended.'

--Ron Austin "Mufti "

'This is the work of a real historian who has gotten his hands dirty doing real work ... a powerful and valuable book.'

--Craig Stockings "Australian Historical Studies "

'Written with considerable flair and empathy.'

--Murray Johnson "Australian Journal of Politics and History "

'Farewell, Dear People is a powerful revelation of the lasting cost of the Great War -- a deeply felt engagement with lost lives, and a superb union of research and writing.'

--Peter Stanley, author of Men of Mont St Quentin

'A remarkably good book ... Farewell Dear People has elevated the study of Australian involvement in the Great War to a new dimension in courage, commitment and sacrifice.'

--Stephen Loosley "The Spectator "

'There is so much to admire and to praise in this book. The research is prodigious, the storytelling hypnotic, the confidence and clarity of the writer remarkable. Do not for a second think of this book as military history only or mostly ... This is a rich book, to be sure. One that I read with such pleasure and admiration. It is a wonderful tribute to the 10 men whose lives we discover for the first time, an extraordinary account of Australia from about the 1870s and into the 1930s, and deeply moving.'

--Michael McKernan "Canberra Times "

A scholarly yet down to earth study.


This book brings information regarding a little acknowledged but momentous experience in the life of the AIF. The Fromelles battle had more deaths than any other ever - but was not acknowledged at the time. Leaving relatives to mourn in ignorance. An essential book for the study of Australian at War. An outstanding recognition of the great loss to our nation of these Australians.

Melbourne AU


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Mapsp. vi
Formations in the military hierarchyp. viii
Imperial-to-metric conversionsp. viii
Introduction: Australia's Lost Generationp. 1
Prologue: Farewell, Dear Peoplep. 5
Geoff McCrae: the creative allrounderp. 7
Tom Elliott: Australia's Kitchenerp. 105
George Challis: the footballerp. 175
Ted Larkin: the administrator/politicianp. 233
Clunes Mathison: the medical scientistp. 275
Robert Bage: the engineer/explorerp. 325
Gresley Harper, Wilfred Harper, and Phipps Turnbull: the barrister, the farmer, and the Rhodes scholarp. 399
Carew Reynell: the winemakerp. 481
Conclusion: Their Loss is Irreplaceablep. 531
Bibliographyp. 535
Abbreviations used in notesp. 547
Notesp. 549
Acknowledgementsp. 579
Indexp. 583
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ISBN: 9781921844669
ISBN-10: 1921844663
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 21st March 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 4.6
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 1

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