His­to­rian and au­thor to visit

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

Award-win­ning his­to­rian and bi­og­ra­pher Dr Ross McMullin will be speak­ing about his newly pub­lished book, Viller­sBre­ton­neux: What Re­ally Hap­pened through­out the Goul­burn Val­ley next week.

Villers-Bre­ton­neux: What Re­ally Hap­pened tells the story of the Bat­tle of Viller­sBre­ton­neux which took place in 1918.

Goul­burn Val­ley Li­braries se­nior projects li­brar­ian Jan Sut­ton said Dr McMullin fo­cused his re­search in­ter­ests on Aus­tralia’s role in World War I, Aus­tralian po­lit­i­cal his­tory and Aus­tralian sport­ing his­tory.

‘‘Dr Ross McMullin has re­searched and writ­ten ex­ten­sively on Aus­tralia’s in­volve­ment in World War I, and on the im­pact on Aus­tralia of the coun­try’s in­volve­ment in the First World War,’’ Ms Sut­ton said.

DrMcMullin’s pre­vi­ous books in­clude Pom­pey El­liott At War: In His Own Words, and the award win­ners Farewell, Dear Peo­ple: Bi­ogra­phies of Aus­tralia’s Lost Gen­er­a­tion and Pom­pey El­liott.

Dr McMullin’s il­lus­trated pre­sen­ta­tion of the ti­tle starts back in March 1918, when the Ger­mans launched an im­mense of­fen­sive that led to Bri­tain’s gravest cri­sis of WWI.

‘‘The Aus­tralians were rushed to the res­cue in this cli­max of the con­flict and in­flu­enced the destiny of the world in 1918 more than Aus­tralians have done in any other year,’’ Ms Sut­ton said.

‘‘The cul­mi­na­tion of their con­tri­bu­tion was the cel­e­brated counter-at­tack that re­cap­tured the tac­ti­cally vi­tal town of Villers-Bre­ton­neux.’’

Dr McMullin will speak at Nu­murkah Li­brary at 2 pm and Shep­par­ton Li­brary at 7 pm on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29; and at Euroa Li­brary at 2pm and Nagam­bie Li­brary at 7 pm on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

For book­ings with Nu­murkah, Shep­par­ton and Nagam­bie Li­braries phone 1300 374 765 by Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26; for book­ings with Euroa Li­brary phone by noon on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

On his way: Award-win­ning his­to­rian and bi­og­ra­pher Dr Ross McMullin will visit the Goul­burn Val­ley and sur­round­ing district.

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