Monday, 12 September 2011

‘War’s Evil and Good’: The Great War’s Influences on the Careers and Daily Lives of Victoria’s Teacher-Soldiers

From: Education Department's Record of War Service
No-one emerges unchanged from any experience of war. The teacher-soldiers of Victoria’s Education Department were no different. Some who may have wished to return to the classroom could not do so due to profound physical and psychological injuries; some chose to depart teaching for new professions; some returned to schools and battled briefly or for decades with their injuries; and, some returned to blend quietly into anonymity. Yet, some managed to salvage something distinctly positive from their experiences and continued to teach, finding what their Director urged them to find: ‘some soul of goodness in things evil’. Some gave significant school-time and personal time to organisations such as the fledgling Victorian Returned Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia, Australian Red Cross, Legacy, State Schools’ Relief Fund and other ‘social service’ organisations that benefitted thousands of Victorians in need of support, whether or not for war-related reasons. Whilst none would have chosen for their generation to experience the war, some indicated that the knowledge, skills or values they acquired as a consequence enabled them to be better teachers or community servants than otherwise would have been the case. Most teachers also helped shape and preserve Anzac Day and, in numerous cases, their beliefs in Anzac Day commemoration and pacifism were not mutually exclusive.

Dr Rosalie Triolo is History Education lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University and President as well as a Life Member of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria. She is active in HTAV, HTAA, Australian History Curriculum and historico-cultural education communities. Her research into History Education, the Great War and the history of Australian education informed her doctorate on Victoria’s Education Department and the Great War, 1914-18. The thesis was judged best in the Faculty of Education in 2008 and was awarded a Monash University Mollie Holman Medal in 2009. The thesis will be available as a book in 2012.

Speaker: Dr Rosalie Triolo (Monash University)
Time: 5.15 Tea/Coffee  5.45 Lecture
Cost: Members Free  $5.50 non members

At 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne.

2 comments:

Yvonne said...

What date is this lecture on?

rhsvblog said...

Hi Yvonne, The lecture was on Tuesday, 13th September so unfortunately it has already happened. All of our events are listed on the RHSV website http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/whatson.htm. Hope this helps for future events. Regards, Laura