On foreign soil: the search for fallen Diggers

Loren Brown, grand-daughter of John McGarrity. Killed-in-action in Greece in April 1941, McGarrity’s remains have never been found. Photo: Meredith O’Shea Taking cover behind a stone wall in northern Greece on April 12, 1941, two Australian soldiers, Private John McGarrity and Lance Corporal Robert Brown were breathless, having run for their lives through a hailContinue reading “On foreign soil: the search for fallen Diggers”

How Darwin was betrayed

“The planes came in from the south-east, and I looked up and they appeared to me like a cemetery, the white underbellies … coming across the blue sky. We fired and were terribly disappointed because the shells fell behind and below the planes. The fuses were powder fuses, which they found out later didn’t lastContinue reading “How Darwin was betrayed”

A wanted man positions himself on the frontline

Vaughan Smith, founder of the Frontline Club – Julian Assange’s pied-à-terre in London. The wood-panelled members’ lounge of the Frontline Club is a warm and inviting space, perched above the icy streets of Paddington in west London. Two Chesterfield sofas take centre-stage in this convivial watering-hole for journalists working in, or passing through, the BritishContinue reading “A wanted man positions himself on the frontline”

In the footsteps of my father

The daughters of the first Aboriginal man commissioned as an officer in the Australian army – Reg Saunders, at his WWII hideaway in Crete. As the European winter stretches south, the winds across the Aegean pick up and flights into Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport in Heraklion may be cancelled. There’s no such misfortune for GlendaContinue reading “In the footsteps of my father”