For Australia, a new nation with a relatively small population, the death of 60,000 soldiers during World War I was catastrophic It is hardly surprising, then, that Australians evaluating the consequences of the conflict have tended to focus primarily on the numbing number of losses on the sheer quantity of all those countrymen who did not return That there must have been extraordinary individuals among them has been implicitly understood, but these special Australians are unknown today This book seeks to retrieve their stories and to fill the gaps in our collective memory Farewell, Dear People contains ten extended biographies of young men who exemplified Australia s gifted lost generation of World War I Among them are accounts of an internationally acclaimed medical researcher a military officer described by his brigadier as potentially an Australian Kitchener a rugby international who became an esteemed administrator and a rising Labor star an engineer who excelled on Mawson s Antarctic mission a visionary vigneron and community leader who was renowned for successful winemaking at an unusually young age a Western Australian Rhodes scholar assured of a shining future in the law and or politics a Tasmanian footballer who dazzled at the highest level and a budding architect from Melbourne s best known creative dynasty who combined an endearing personality with his family s flair for writing and drawing This magisterial book tells their stories for the first time In doing so, it enriches the story of Australia immeasurably....
|Title||:||Farewell, Dear People: biographies of Australia’s lost generation|
|Publisher||:||Scribe US US edition edition March 21, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||608 pages|
|File Size||:||964 KB|
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Farewell, Dear People: biographies of Australia’s lost generation Reviews
Complex style of composition, very detailed, very interesting to read. This is a book that does not allow you to read a small section at will but rather requires that the reader devote more time to read greater content each time it is picked up. Failure to do so and the reader looses touch with what the author was attempting to show.
Farewell Dear People is a life changing experience. Ross McMullin has obviously researched his work thoroughly and draws it together very sensitively. We all know the horrific toll that WW1 elicited from Australia's youth, but this book tells the personal stories and draws a vivid picture of the skilled and talented young men we lost. Australia missed a whole generation by losing these fine young men.
This is a moving and sad account of 10 wasted lives, cut short by WW1. It brought home the terrible waste of promising young men, the effect on their families, and the lack of good leadership shown by the generals. We learn a lot about the social conditions of the time, and about the importance of Empire in those days. The book needed a good editor as much of the detail was superfluous, but this is a story which needed to be told.