A History of New South Wales

A History of New South Wales

by Beverley Kingston
     
 

"Every year tens of thousands of Australians make their pilgrimages to Gallipoli. France and other killing fields of the Great War. It is a journey steeped in history. Some go in search of family memory, seeking the grave of a soldier lost a lifetime ago. For others, Anzac pilgrimage has become a rite of passage, a statement of what it means to be Australian." This… See more details below

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"Every year tens of thousands of Australians make their pilgrimages to Gallipoli. France and other killing fields of the Great War. It is a journey steeped in history. Some go in search of family memory, seeking the grave of a soldier lost a lifetime ago. For others, Anzac pilgrimage has become a rite of passage, a statement of what it means to be Australian." This book explores the memory of the Great War through the historical experience of pilgrimage. It examines the significance these 'sacred sites' have acquired in the hearts and minds of successive generations, and charts the complex responses of young and old, soldier and civilian, the pilgrims of the 1920s and today's backpacker travellers. This book gives voice to history, retrieving a bitter-sweet testimony through interviews, surveys and a rich archival record. Innovative, courageous and often deeply moving, it explains why the Anzac legend still captivates Australians. Book jacket.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521541688
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/24/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Note on money, measurement and terminology
List of abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part 1Loss, Memory, Desire
1The uniquiet grave: imaginary journeys3
2Hearts of stone: creating the cemeteries of the Great War34
Part 2Family Journeys
3In foreign fields: the first family pilgrimages63
4'Sacred places': family pilgrimage today100
Part 3Soldiers' Tales
5'To see old mates again': diggers return125
6'A grave that could have been my own': service pilgrimages155
Part 4Testament of Youth
7Walking with history: learning about war173
8'It's like a Mecca, like a pilgrimage': backpacker journeys188
Conclusion210
Epilogue216
Notes220
Survey Informants257
Index266

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