LocationRoyal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A’Beckett St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Event contactLauren Indiveri-Clarke
(03) 9326 9288
AUSTRALIA’S WORST 24 HOURS: THE DISASTER OF FROMELLES
- Royal Historical Society of Victoria and Dr Ross McMullin to host lecture about Australia’s biggest fiasco
- Award-winning historian Dr Ross McMullin is an expert on the catastrophe
Join historian and biographer Dr Ross McMullin for an illuminating and incisive talk about Australia’s worst 24-hours: the disaster of the battle of Fromelles. How did such a calamity occur? What were they trying to achieve? Where does the blame for the disaster lie? Could, or did, anyone try to stop it? Ross will answer these questions and more, and explain why the battle was relatively little known until recently.
The battle of Fromelles, which began on 19 July 1916, was Australia’s first major engagement at the Western Front, and resulted in 5,533 Australian casualties in one night - a tally equivalent to the entire Australian casualties in the whole of the South African War against the Boers, the Korean War and Vietnam War put together. The catastrophic attack at Fromelles had no redeeming tactical justification whatsoever. It was, in the words of a senior participant, Brigadier-General "Pompey" Elliott, a "tactical abortion".
- Who: Dr Ross McMullin in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria
- What: Lecture and Q&A with historian and biographer Dr Ross McMullin
- When: Tuesday, 18 April 2017 / Refreshments at 5.15pm and lecture at 5.45pm with Q&A immediately following
- Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne 3000, 9326 9288 / [email protected]
- Cost: RHSV members free and $10 for non-members