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Hidden stories of women war reporters revealed

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Hidden stories of women war reporters revealed

Tuesday 23 August 2016 Dr Jeannine Baker

Award winning historian, Dr Jeannine Baker will be at the Bega library in September to throw light on the fascinating and largely unknown stories of Australian and New Zealand women war reporters.

Dr Baker will talk about her research and the stories in her book ‘Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam’ on Monday 12 September at 2pm.

Programs and Partnerships Officer, Scott Baker said that the library invited Dr Baker to come to the Far South Coast to celebrate History Week.

“Dr Baker’s book provides a much-needed account of the pioneering women who reported from the biggest conflicts of the twentieth century,” he said. 

Dr Baker said there were key women war reporters who fought for equality and carved a path for new generations of female foreign correspondents.

“Everyone knows the name of Charles Bean but have you heard of Agnes Macready, Anne Matheson and Lorraine Stumm?” she said.

Two women covered the South African War at the turn of the century, and Louise Mack witnessed the fall of Antwerp in 1914. Others such Anne Matheson, Lorraine Stumm and Kate Webb wrote about momentous events including the rise of Nazism, the liberation of the concentration camps, the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the Cold War conflicts in Korea and Southeast Asia.

Dr Baker is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University and was awarded the University of Melbourne’s 2014 Dennis-Wettenhall Prize for Australian History.

Places are limited for Dr Baker’s talk. To book your spot please go to www.begavalleyshirelibrary.eventbrite.com.au or phone Bega library on 6499 2127.

History Week is organised each year by the History Council of New South Wales and is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Photograph: Dr Jeannine Baker

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