Melanie Oppenheimer “The Role of Australian Red Cross in War: Shaping the Anzac Legend”

square_fatl3.30pm, Friday 17 October 2014

Noel Stockdale Room, Central Library, Flinders University

Fridays at the Library presents Melanie Oppenheimer The Role of Australian Red Cross in War: Shaping the Anzac Legend

Australian Red Cross was established on 13 August 1914 to assist the wounded and sick in war. It soon became one of Australia’s largest and most important voluntary organisations. Professor Melanie Oppenheimer, who holds the Chair of History at Flinders University, is an Australian Red Cross Ambassador and Australian Red Cross’s centenary historian. Since 2009, she has been researching and writing the history of this complex and multifaceted organisation that has touched the lives of most Australians in one way or another. Her book, The Power of Humanity: 100 Years of Australian Red Cross was published by HarperCollins in August 2014. In this talk, and in recognition of the centenary of both World War I and the Australian Red Cross, Professor Oppenheimer will focus on the early years of the organisation and its less well-known and sometimes forgotten connections with our war history.

Light refreshments served.

Free entry, no bookings required.

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