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Hugh Dillon

Hugh Dillon reviews 'Surgery, Sand and Saigon Tea: An Australian Army Doctor in Vietnam' by Marshall Barr and 'Behind Enemy Lines: An Australian SAS Soldier in Vietnam' by Terry O'Farrell

November 2001, no. 236 01 November 2001
Despite Australia’s heavy involvement in wars throughout the twentieth century, few notable war memoirs by Australians have emerged. Frederic Manning (The Middle Parts of Fortune) and Richard Hillary (The Last Enemy) identified as Englishmen, despite being born here. A.B. Facey’s A Fortunate Life and Don Charlwood’s No Moon Tonight are literary benchmarks against which Australian soldier–w ... (read more)

Hugh Dillon reviews 'John Eales: The Biography' by Peter FitzSimons

December 2001–January 2002, no. 237 01 December 2001
Australians have always played their sports hard. We who would have given a soft part of our anatomy to have worn the baggy green for Australia love a winner or a victorious team. Our sporting aristocracy has often been characterised by a gimlet-eyed, thin-lipped determination and ruthlessness: Don Bradman is the apotheosis of these champions. Yet we reserve a special place in our pantheon of spo ... (read more)

Hugh Dillon reviews 'Directions: A vision for Australia' by William Deane and 'Sir William Deane: The things that matter' by Tony Stephen

February 2003, no. 248 01 February 2003
Does Australia have a soul? I have been asked this question recently, in slightly different ways, by Russian, German, and French friends. They comprehend that Australians have an identity, but their question is about something deeper than words. About what animates us at a profound level, and which is related to our identification with the land. They say Australians demonstrate many estimable qual ... (read more)