Michael will provide a snapshot of the 100 Australian servicemen that have been recognised with the Victoria Cross since its inception in 1856 and his journey to uncover their personal stories.
In this telling Michael has incorporated the perspectives of their families and friends. The profiles reveal just how much these men came from every walk of life and the rich colour of the families and communities they came from.
In writing his book, Michael has been assisted by volunteers from the Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women’s Association of Victoria Inc. (TPI Victoria). He has travelled across Australia and around the world to interview families, peers and friends about these 100 remarkable Australians. All these strands have been brought together to tell the story of the creation of the Victoria Cross, how it has evolved to find its place in modern Australia, and to illuminate the lives of these Australians with an incredible array of photographs taken on these travels, but also from official sources and the families.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Michael C Madden is the son of a Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Vietnam veteran. He enjoyed a modest but happy childhood; growing up with his three brothers on the family’s struggling dairy farm, before the family became homeless in the mid-1990s. Michael has a deep passion for writing and Australian military history. He runs a military medal business in Berwick, Victoria and has published four novels and many short stories.