Gallipoli historian Patrick Lindsay to speak on the Border

Patrick Lindsay

Patrick Lindsay

PATRICK Lindsay, a leading historian of the Gallipoli campaign, will give a talk in Wodonga next week.

It is being hosted by the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne and the Wodonga Family History Society in the lead-up to the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

Lindsay is one of Australia’s leading non-fiction authors.

He spent 25 years as a journalist and TV presenter before he began writing full-time in 2001.

Since then he has written 20 books, including the best-sellers The Spirit of Kokoda, The Spirit of The Digger, The Spirit of Gallipoli, Fromelles, Our Darkest Day, Cosgrove ...Portrait of a Leader, The Coast Watchers and True Blue.

Much of Lindsay’s work explores the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that makes up what it means to be an Australian.

He sees the Anzac Spirit as a key piece of the puzzle, forming the bedrock of the Australian and New Zealand national characters.

It was forged from a mateship which grew into something greater than the shared experiences of brothers-in-arms.

Lindsay also pointed out the Gallipoli campaign was a kind of crusade and a national rite of passage for three of the countries involved: Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.

Each emerged from the devastating losses with an enhanced international reputation and its image clarified in its national consciousness.

The talk will be held at Wodonga Senior Citizens Centre on Tuesday, 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

Bookings are essential because of limited space.

Book at the Shrine of Remembrance, online or on (03) 9661 8100.

Entry is free, though a gold coin donation is welcome.