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Sylvia Marchant

Sylvia Marchant is a Canberra-based writer, historian and reviewer.

Sylvia Marchant reviews ‘White Butterflies’ by Colin McPhedran

August 2002, no. 243 01 August 2002
Colin McPhedran, the son of a Burmese mother and a Scottish oil company executive father, was living a comfortable middle-class colonial life in Central Burma with his mother, sister and two brothers when the Japanese invaded the country in 1941. He was eleven years old. The invasion spread terror throughout the population, which feared the notorious savagery of the Japanese army. The European and ... (read more)

NATIONAL NEWS by Sylvia Marchant

June 2008, no. 302 01 June 2008
One of the National Library’s newest treasures, and probably its most significant acquisition in the past twelve months, is a small theatre playbill printed in Sydney and dated 30 July 1796. At 211 years old, it is the earliest surviving document printed in Australia. The playbill was presented by the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, to the then prime minister of Australia, John Howard, ... (read more)