Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Lecture - Hard Jacka

Date: 11 November 2008
Time: 5.15 pm (tea/coffee) Lecture 5.45 pm
Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Price: Free (members) $5.50 (non-members)

Michael Lawrinwsky will provide a powerpoint presentation about his book, Hard Jacka, a novelised account of the exploits of Albert Jacka, Australia's first VC winner of the Great War. The novel is based on extensive historical research.

The presentation will include a number of aerial photographs of battlefields such as Courtney's Post and Hill 60 at Gallipoli, Bullecourt in France and Polygon Wood in Belgium, with overlays of the Australian positions, as well as contemporary photographs of memorable 14th Battalion members.

The themes explored in the book and in Michael's presentation include Australian identity and values, mateship, the fair go, leadership, sportsmanship, larrikin humour, ambition, class conflict, bravery, life and death and the future lost.