Roland Perry will discuss his just published 33rd book, the biography of Stan Savige, Australia’s most accomplished soldier involved in both WW1 and WW2.
He began a stint on Gallipoli in 1915 as a naïve Sunday-school teacher and left as the most deadly sniper on the peninsula. He served in the worst battle encounters on the Western Front as an intelligence officer and in Persia in 1918 on a special SAS-style mission.
Between the wars, his concern for so many fallen soldiers in WW1 saw him create Legacy to aid their families.
In WW2, Savige served in North Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific. He was appointed Lieutenant General and rose to be Corps Commander.
Roland Perry is a distinguished historian and author of a number of books on Australian military history including Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War and The Australian Light Horse. He won the prestigious Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Award for non-fiction (2004) with Monash.
In October 2011 Perry was made a Fellow of Monash University. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia ‘for service to literature as an author’ in June 2011. Monash University bestowed a Professorship on Roland Perry in October 2012. He is the University’s first Writer-in-Residence, lecturing PhDs and PhD aspirants on all aspects of writing, and Australian history.
Doors open at 6.30PM
The ‘Pompey Elliott Memorial Hall’ is located at the Camberwell RSL Sub-Branch at 403 Camberwell Road, named in honour of Major General Harold Edward ‘Pompey’ Elliott CB, CMG, DSO, DCM, VD. Elliott was a senior officer in the Australian Army during the First World War and served as a Senator in the Australian parliament. He was also the second President of the Camberwell RSL Sub-Branch in 1919.
Seminar Speaker Program Logistics. The MHHV seminar speaker series will run between 7.00 – 8.00 pm
Entry & Catering. The seminar speaker series will attract an entry fee $5 for MHHV members, veterans, concession card holders and students while all other guests will be $10 to cover the costs of providing food, tea & coffee or beverage and hall use. Drinks at RSL prices.