About the Author
Dr David Bird is an independent historian based in Melbourne.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Sincerity of Fanaticism x
Part 1 A kind of peace, 1933-39
1 The Prelude-'Conducting Fascism' 3
Old Guard and New
'Who is Hitler?'
Communism or Fascism
2 'Germany Welcomes You' - Tourists, Travellers and other Guests 21
the not so innocent
official guests and Nazi games
3 Astonishing the Burghers-'Inky' and the Publicist 53
Miles and Stephensen
an Australian Mercury
the 'Bunyip Critic'
flights from reality
4 'Study National Socialism'-Propagandists and other 'Politicals' 82
Without Rancour, Without Hysteria
the Spirit of the Race
Herr H. and Mrs Britannia
'idealism and energy: the 'Anglo-German Review
5 'Chaos or What?'-Esoteric Nazis, Mystics and other Aesthetes 109
a 20th Century
Richard le Measurer
6 Zarathustra with an Australian Accent-'Dreamtime' for Writers and Poets 142
An Australian Nietzsche
Nationalism and Radicalism
7 Plato in 'Hider's Wonderland'-Academics, Teachers and other Thinkers 176
Cowling versus 'Inky'
creating harmony from chaos
'Anything is better than Communism'
a friend of the Fatherland
a Riverland enthusiast
the appeal to youth.
Part 2 A kind of wan 1939-45
8 The Kookaburra and the Bunyip at War: September 1939-October 1941 225
'chillier and chillier'
the Best and the Rest.
9 The Mad, the Bad and the Dangerous to Know: September 1939-October 1941 248
The Council of Seven
the western link
a kindly old gentleman
a creative artist
10 'The Fires of Hell'-the Kulturkampf on the Home Front: September 1939-October 1941 278
Cheerful cynicism, and bitterness
the sympathetic and the spunkless
a 'male frolic'
the natural aristocrat.
11 Jesus Types and Australian Action: November 1941-March 1942 311
'light-minded, brainless and easily led'
calm amidst panic
the death of Socrates
out-and-out national socialists.
12 'Beyond the Limits Fixed'-Endgame: March 1942-May 1945 340
the poeticals soldier on
West or East?
Epilogue: 'The Wrong Dream' 368
Select Bibliography 434
What People are Saying About This
‘The work chronicles the infatuation some in Australia had with Germany’s Nazis. This book is, to put it simply, definitive in its topic. Dr Bird’s book is in many respects a warning as well as a riveting piece of history and I welcome it into the ever-expanding corpus of first-rate historical writing.’ —Professor Paul Bartrop, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA
‘The book shows the value of being prepared to depart from the well-trodden path. It should serve as an object lesson in the insidious strength of bad ideas. Bird’s history of the Australia-First movement is not the first but it is the most thorough.’ —‘The Australian’
‘The “Nazi Dreamtime” unleashes an avalanche of fascinating evidence. This book combines prodigious scholarship with the fervour of a moral crusade.’ —‘Sydney Morning Herald’
‘Here is a new book on a neglected theme – those ‘dreamers’ who before and during the second world war sympathised with the other side and in some cases even favoured its victory.’ —‘Spectator Australia’
‘One of the major achievements of “Nazi Dreamtime” is to track relentlessly the ideological walkabout of the Jindies as their leader, Ingamells, attempted unsuccessfully to infuse Australian poetry with potent Aboriginal words and symbols.’ —‘The Age’
‘Many politicians, and other prominent Australians, writes Bird, went on to ‘adjust their memory’ of their early pro-fascist acclamations.’ —‘Australian Left Book Review’