From recruitment and training to the battlegrounds of Palestine, North Africa, Thailand, New Guinea, Borneo and beyond, here are the highly individual stories of Australia's World War II Diggers told in their own voices - warts and all.
Author: Tim Bowden
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
With a reputation for being hard to discipline, generosity to their comrades, frankness and sticking it up any sign of pomposity, Australian soldiers were a wild and irreverent lot, even in the worst of circumstances during World War II. In Larrikins in Khaki, Tim Bowden has collected compelling and vivid stories of individual soldiers whose memoirs were mostly self-published and who told of their experiences with scant regard for literary pretensions and military niceties. Most of these men had little tolerance for military order and discipline, and NCOs and officers who were hopeless at their jobs were made aware of it. They laughed their way through the worst of it by taking the mickey out of one another and their superiors. From recruitment and training to the battlegrounds of Palestine, North Africa, Thailand, New Guinea, Borneo and beyond, here are the highly individual stories of Australia's World War II Diggers told in their own voices - warts and all.
One of the classic images of twentieth-century larrikins in Australian popular ... he was depicted donning khaki and dying on an Egyptian battlefield.
Author: Melissa Bellanta
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
A gripping and inspiring space adventure for kids of all ages from popular author Tristan Bancks. Dash Campbell has only ever had one dream. To go to space. Now he and four others have been given the chance to become the first kids ever to leave our planet. From building rockets behind his family's laundromat in Australia to attending a hardcore Space School in the US, Dash is a long way from home. And he still has an intense month of training ahead before he can even think about that glorious moment of blasting out of Earth's atmosphere and living his dream. But does Dash have what it takes t.
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Author: Russell Robinson
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Aus.
When Australia entered World War I, volunteers swarmed to enlistment centres in their thousands. But among the recruits were criminals with extensive police records. Some had assumed false names to start lives afresh; others made no secret of their criminal histories. They were hardened criminals, fresh out of jail or on the run from the law, or fleeing family responsibilities or debts. Once in uniform, some became persistent deserters, fleeing the training depots before embarkation. Those who did make it overseas spent much of the time going AWL to avoid being sent to the front. There were some who showed great courage and endeavour while under fire, and were awarded medals and citations. In most cases, however, the encouragement failed to distract them from their misbehaviour. Others used their military training to expand their unlawful enterprises overseas, joining gangs of like-minded desperate diggers. And then there were those who saw the war as a chance to hone their skills for use in the criminal underworld on their return. They were Australia's khaki crims and desperadoes.
... only within a national military story in which men in slouch hats and khaki uniforms were always brave, always larrikins, always Australians.
Author: Craig Wilcox
Publisher: National Library of Australia
In 1899, on the eve of the Boer War, Captain Charles Cox from Parramatta took 100 Australian cavalrymen to train with the British army in England. These military apprentices became British soldiers as well as Australian ones. But everything went wrong. Publicity got in the way of cavalry drill which, in any case, the Australians were allowed to shirk. The debacle ended with Cox volunteering his little command for the Boer War, with the British making him get the consent of his government and his men, and finally with a murder on a lonely farm in South Africa. There was no more talk of Australian fighting men morphing into colonial members of the British army. Still, the newspapers said the venture was a brilliant success, that Australians had proved themselves natural warriors, that the British Empire was stronger for what happened-all of which Australians rejoiced to hear. It was, in the end, a kind of victory.
All Parsons saw through the greenery was someone dressed in khaki , and yellow in hue , walking up the side of the hill carrying a Japanese aluminium dixie ...
Author: Michael Crouch
Publisher: Uwa Pub
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The Literary Larrikin is the colorful life story of T.A.G. Hungerford, the last grand old man of Australian literature. The author of four major novels, a short-story writer par excellence and a poet, Hungerford has also been a soldier and traveller. As well as recounting the events of his life, this book is interspersed with serious discussion of his contribution to Australian literature. Hungerford's best-known work, The Ridge and the River, is among the most significant novels of World War II and one of the most vivid accounts of fighting men ever written. The Literary Larrikin examines a literary figure who has secured his place in the Australian literary canon.
... in khaki, and the slouch—hatted larrikin began to replace the dutiful, red—coated military apprentice as the stereotypical Australian in uniform.
Author: Craig Stockings
Publisher: UNSW Press
The flying career of John Robertson Duigan spanned just a decade from 1908 to 1918. 100 years ago he built and successfully flew the first aeroplane made in Australia using only photographs, journal articles and an unreliable textbook as his guides. He was the first Australian to fly a powered Australian-made aeroplane in Australia. The full story of John Duigan and his flying career has now been published for the first time.
army boots, thick khaki jacket and a soldier's slouch hat. He dismounted but before he ... We were a pair of larrikins in the old days,' he told Kate.
Author: Di Morrissey
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Two remarkable women, connected across the decades by the men who love them . . . and by the magic of a place called Zanana. Kate is a strong-willed heiress determined to defy Edwardian convention, but she must pay the ultimate price to keep the home she loves so much. Odette is an independent and idealistic young journalist caught in a fierce battle to save Zanana from ruthless developers. Years apart yet inextricably linked by Zanana, the magnificent mansion they both love, these two striking women prove they are not afraid to fight for what they believe in. From turn-of-the-century India to contemporary Sydney, The Last Rose of Summer is an epic story of love, possession and intrigue by Di Morrissey.
... a stained Tshirt and soiled khaki shorts flipflopped into the sitting room. ... for the larrikins of Surface Paradise had triumphed over Mrs. Murchison ...
Author: Allan Green
From the day he was born, Michael Sykes has had every whim indulged. A child of privilege, luxury, and unfulfilled expectations, he is a man driven to love—with varying degrees of success and failure. The unconditional mothering love of his widowed mother has set him up for seemingly impossible relationships with women. In Australia, Michael works for the American Legation in Sydney and woos Anne, his femme fatale, yet eventually he will marry Gloria, but Anne will always remain for him a part of the unattainable brightness of the world. Michael and Anne, after the consummation of their relationship, join his best friend, Ralph (Gloria’s brother), in his sailboat and they are lost in a hurricane with Michael as the sole survivor. Feeling desolate, Michael makes a slow recovery in hospital, but after studying for a year in Europe, he returns to Australia and marries Gloria, entering the brokerage business founded by his father. Can this young man be healed and live up to the high expectations that his mother has held for him, or must he be forever condemned by a broken heart at the loss of Anne?
... the crows,” the bloody “larrikins” who'd taken them must be apprehended. ... his beautifully tailored khaki shirt and shorts crisply pressed by his ...
Author: Gil Murray
While the Second World War raged in Europe, demanding most of Canada’s military effort, an equally fierce war with Japan was going on in the Far East. Army, navy, and air force signals units in Canada kept watch on the enemy’s vital radio communications. To be more effective, Number One Canadian Special Wireless Group of the Royal Canadian Signals Corps was formed to go to the Southwest Pacific war theatre for close-in radio eavesdropping. Murray describes the often zany career of the only complete signals unit Canada sent to the War in the Pacific, and the significant part it played in the Allied signals intelligence operation known as "Magic."
But Lloyd George's hands were tied : he had just won a ' khaki election on ... the streets of Perth by larrikins who sneered at him for going to the war .
Author: Manning Clark
Publisher: Melbourne University Publish
In 1962, the first volume of Manning Clark's "A History of Australia" appeared. For the next two-and-a-half decades Clark unfolded his tragic celebration of white Australian history. Today, the six-volume history is one of the masterpieces of Australian literature. It is also one of the most passionately debated visions of Australian history. Clark's Australians are men and women of lively goodwill and deep sinfulness, of generous idealism and unthinking brutality. He dramatizes the motivating forces of Australian life - cowardice and vision, cruelty and defiance, greatness of spirit and the spiritual vacuity of the suburbs - all of them locked in the unceasing struggle which builds a nation. Michael Cathcart has re-orchestrated Clark's epic narrative in this single volume. Every page of this abridgement rings with Manning Clark's voice. Here, at last, the general reader can encounter the deep resonances, pessimism and passion of Manning Clark - Australian historian and prophet. Michael Cathcart is co-author of "Mission to the South Seas: the Voyage of the Duff" and author of "Defending the National Tuckshop", a study of conservative responses to the Great Depression.
... the sight of these thundering horsemen in their khaki uniforms and their ... This ragtag band of Anzac, Godly larrikins, was able to accomplish what ...
Author: Cyrus Mede
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
I could write much more on this subject of our spiritual walk but I have only built upon another mans foundation, pertaining to these matters. Watchman Nee at the tum of the last century whilst in a Chinese prison and as a martyer wrote several works which have been complied into one volume the Spiritual Man. I would suggest this as a compulsory read, as the truths contained are pure spiritual gold and will certainly set you on the correct spiritual path. As you are now aware much has been added to the book of Revelation and many a predecessor has added to the book, which has led them away from the truth contained therein with theories of great tribulations and raptures of the Church. I have in no way attempted to answer all the mysteries contained in this book but only to lay a true foundation on which others may build. Just as the early apostles used the Old Testament to write the New so I have done only the same as they have by using both, so that I may not labor in vain. The book of the Acts of the Apostles has never stopped being written and will go on until the end of the age. As the Apostle Paul admonishes the church in Galatia. Galatians 1: 9 As we said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel different from or contrary to that which you received ffrom us], let him be accursed [anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment]! This I also claim with my apostolic authority. This is my Gospel of the end, the Gospel of Kings. It is a word that I received from Jesus himself, and I claim all of the apostolic rights to be a special messenger sent from God, and to reprove and correct the Church of the Living God, as He has authorized me to do. Do not add to nor take away from any of the words contained herein. Selah, pause and calmly think of and reflect on these things. Amen so, be, it.
'I've better things to do than chase larrikins. ... corporals moseyed up, Woodbines dangling from their mouths, thumbs hanging like pegs from khaki pockets.
Author: Maxine Alterio
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
In July 1915 the hospital ship Maheno leaves Wellington with seventy New Zealand nurses on board. Addie Harrington and Meg Dutton are assigned to the same cabin. Quiet and cautious, Addie is taken aback by her impetuous, fun-loving roommate. The two women seem to have little in common other than a desire to serve their country. But as they care for injured and dying soldiers in Egypt and France, they discover that deep connections can develop under unusual circumstances. When Meg meets British surgeon Wallace Madison, she falls for him immediately and amidst the chaos of overloaded military hospitals they embark on an intense love affair. Addie suspects Wallace has much to hide and fears the relationship will destroy her friend. 'Maxine Alterio brings a novelist's eye to the startling story of New Zealand's World War I nurses. I was enthralled and moved by the lives of these women and their experiences of war.' Laurence Fearnley, award-winning novelist
... shorts to adopt a uniform of khaki shirt and shorts and long stockings to ... ensure that they were not seen as larrikins but should endeavour to show ...
Author: Melissa Harper
Publisher: UNSW Press
This book traces the history of bushwalking in Australia and shows how the activity has become the most popular way that Australians engage with the bush. For many Australians, walking has become a major means of developing an attachment to the land and a connection to the nation. The book features many primary materials including diary entries, club newsletters and photos that bring to life the origins and developments of walking as a significant Australian pastime. It also offers some marvelous pen portraits of the extraordinary characters that pioneered bushwalking in this country, and those who followed in their footsteps.
... she felt sure that the doorman would recall the direction taken by the khaki soldier. ... She took herself rapidly down the LONDON LARRIKINS ...
Author: Colin McLaren
Publisher: Victory Books
Category: Adventures and adventurers
In a small town in country Australia, railway man George Bingham toils away, dreaming of adventure in far-off lands. When the call for Great War volunteers comes, he leaves behind his worn mattock and his first love, jumping the first ship to set sail for a stricken Europe. As the war moves from Gallipoli to the Somme, George becomes 'Sunflower', enduring squalid trenches and immeasurable heartbreak, a prophecy foretold by a beautiful Bedouin in the backstreets of a Cairo marketplace. As George struggles to reclaim his humanity amid the tragedy, he meets a French nurse who heals his wounds and teaches him to dream again. A novel of war, survival and love, Sunflower proves the redemptive power of hope in the hideousness of battle.
In the van were four khaki-clad horsemen. en came the Toowong Citizens' Band, ... DuringDu his speech he wished the men a safe return to which a larrikin ...
Author: Neville Buch
Publisher: Boolarong Press
The type of local and school history before the reader may be unfamiliar. It is a definitive and scholarly history in the style of many grammar school histories in Queensland. Although it is not unknown for Australian public and private schooling, it is unique for Queensland state schools. By saying it is a ‘definitive and scholarly history’, what is meant is not that the history is complete; only that it reaches decisive conclusions in a substantive treatment. In this particular case, the historian is someone who has been trained at the level of a higher degree.
They were issued with a 'wool serge', a comfortable khaki, upper garment with ... at times almost cocky or verging on the larrikin, their hats at a jaunty ...
Author: John Hamilton
Publisher: Frontline Books
Armed only with rifles, bayonets and raw courage, the men of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade left the shelter of their rocky trenches to storm The Nek, a narrow stretch of ridge held by the Ottoman Turks. The first wave of attackers were cut down almost as soon as they stood up. Those that followed knew they were going to die. Yet they too charged without question, stumbling over the bodies of their fallen comrades before they also fell.The commander of the 10th Light Horse Regiment attempted to have the third wave cancelled, claiming that 'the whole thing was nothing but bloody murder', but he could not convince the Brigade Major.Using the letters and diaries of those who fought and died in this famously futile action, award-winning journalist and best-selling author, John Hamilton takes the reader on a journey from the rush to recruit in August 1914 when war was declared, through the training camps to the unforgiving terrain of Gallipoli and the unbending Turkish defenders, and finally to that fateful morning and that fatal charge.Part of a trilogy by John Hamilton, this title was first published in 2004 by Pan Macmillan Australia, only being sold in the Australian and New Zealand markets, under the title Goodbye Cobber, God Bless You: The Fatal Charge of the Light Horse, Gallipoli, August 7th, 1915.
... brutality • Murderers in khaki • Theft and looting • Homosexual offences ... AFTER): RETURNED MEN The Years of the Larrikin Digger After the Armistice ...
Author: Peter Stanley
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Australians have celebrated the Anzacs for nearly a century--but what do we really know of what war did to them? Charles Bean, historian of the citizen soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force, wrote that its history spanned 'the good and the bad'--but so far Australians have only looked at the good. Leading war historian Peter Stanley reveals the citizen soldiers the army regarded as its 'bad characters'. These were men who went absent and deserted, caught or concealed VD, got drunk and fought their comrades, who stole, malingered, behaved insolently toward officers or committed more serious offences, including rape and murder. This frank history--the first book on the AIF's indiscipline--shows that it became one of the war's most effective fighting forces in spite of its record for military misbehaviour. Stanley exposes, with a wealth of examples drawn from court-martial files and soldiers' letters, how the war turned some men into criminals, but also how bad characters made the AIF the superb force it was.