History and politics in the spotlight

HISTORY TALK: Brett Bowden, Professor of History and Politics will speak on the The Bombing of Darwin Post Office at the next Berrima District Historical Society meeting.

HISTORY TALK: Brett Bowden, Professor of History and Politics will speak on the The Bombing of Darwin Post Office at the next Berrima District Historical Society meeting.

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THERE will be no shortage of intrigue at the next meeting of the Berrima District Historical Society.

In fact, Australian history, war and politics will be the focus of the September monthly meeting to be held on September 22.

The guest speaker at the meeting is Mittagong resident Brett Bowden.

He is a Professor of History and Politics at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney.

Mr Bowden’s areas of expertise include where the social sciences and humanities cut across history, politics, political philosophy, ethics, international relations and international law.

He is a regular commentator and contributor in both electronic and print media in Australia. He is also a multi-award winning author.

His books include 'Civilization and War' (2013) and 'The Empire of Civilization: the Evolution of an Imperial Idea' (2009).

Mr Bowden’s latest book is 'Direct Hit: The Bombing of Darwin Post Office'.

This book details how, in February 1942, Japanese fighters, bombers and dive bombers launched the first of more than 60 air raids on Darwin.

The target was a flotilla of ships in the harbour and key infrastructure within the town, at least 243 people were killed, with as many as 500 injured.

One of the targets was the Darwin Post Office which suffered a direct hit.

Most Australians today do not realise the extent of the devastation caused and the impact on communications. Many of the injured and killed were civilians. 

Mr Bowden will provide more detail about the bombing raids and offer some wider historical and political perspectives for the audience to ponder.

All interested people are welcome to attend the presentation.

The meeting will be held upstairs in the Old Council Chambers Research Centre (Playhouse Building), Bowral Road, Mittagong.

It will begin at 2pm and afternoon tea is provided. Details: 4872 2169.

 - Supplied by Philip Morton, Publicity Officer, BDH & FHS

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