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Battle for Australia Oration



Anzac Memorial Auditorium, Hyde Park South, Sydney



Thursday 17 February, 10am


The Oration is held each year to mark the occasion in World War II when Prime Minister John Curtin coined the phrase “Battle for Australia” in communicating to all Australians the dangers that lay ahead, following the Fall of Singapore.

The 2022 Battle for Australia Oration will be presented by Professor Frank Bongiorno AM.   Dr Bongiorno is Professor of History at the Australian National University, where he recently completed a term as the Head of the School of History.  He is widely published in popular and academic circles. Among his books are The Eighties: the Decade that Transformed Australia and A Little History of the Australian Labor Party (co-authored with Nick Dyrenfurth).

His 2022 Oration “Arguing About 1942” will consider historical debates over the significance of 1942 in Australian history.  Dr Bongiorno’s expertise in studies of labour, politics and the Australian Labor Party, will bring exceptional insight into how we remember the challenges faced by Australians during the Second World War’s Asia-Pacific conflicts.

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This event is by invitation only.

If you wish to attend, please contact Battle for Australia President, David Ross on