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Stephen Garton

Stephen Garton is the former vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney. He is an Australian Historian and Professor of History at the University of Sydney.

Stephen Garton reviews ‘Return to Gallipoli: Walking the battlefields of the great war’ by Bruce Scates

June-July 2006, no. 282 01 June 2006
Why does ANZAC day seem more popular now than forty years ago? Despite the thinning ranks of veterans, attendances at dawn services in most capital cities are up, crowds at the marches are large and enthusiastic, numerous historians and former members of the armed services seem to be running profitable battle-field tour businesses, and the desire of young Australian backpackers to include Gallipol ... (read more)

Stephen Garton reviews 'Living with the Aftermath: Trauma, nostalgia and grief in post-war Australia' by Joy Damousi

June 2001, no. 231 01 June 2001
A brief moment of reflection on the quantum of grief in Australia associated with wars of the twentieth century is, to say the least, unsettling. Nearly 100,000 killed in combat, many seriously wounded, many dealing with the physical and mental consequences long after the cessation of hostilities. Lives snatched from the everyday and made into noble sacrifices. The darker dimensions of the Anzac l ... (read more)