In February 1946, the Australians of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) moved into western Japan to ‘demilitarise and democratise’ the atom-bombed backwater of Hiroshima Prefecture. For over six years, up to 20,000 Australian servicemen, including their wives and children, participated in an historic experiment in nation-rebuilding. It was a cultural reconnaissance — the first time a large number of Australians were able to explore in depth an Asian society and country. On the evening of Remembrance Day, historian Robin Gerster will discuss his book Travels in Atomic Sunshine, winner of the 2009 NSW Premier’s History Award for Australian history with Jake Lynch, a former international reporter and peace journalism expert.
When: Thursday 11 November 2010, 6.00pm for 6.30pm.
Where: Customs House, Circular Quay.
Cost: $10.00, free for Library members, includes light refreshments.
Contact: 9242 8555 or email@example.com. Bookings essential.
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