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August Coffee Morning

Friday 10th August 2018

10 a.m. for 10:30 a.m. Room 9 AWCC

Speaker: John McQuilton

Topic: Battlefield Study Tours

John McQuilton

John McQuilton was born in Yackandandah’s Bush Nursing Hospital (at a date he no longer cares to recall). He attended the Kiewa Valley Consolidated School in Tangambalanga and Wodonga High School before taking his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Melbourne.

Before 1991, he taught at the University of Melbourne, Charles Sturt University (Bathurst), the Flinders University of South Australia, the University of New South Wales, served as the Assistant General Editor (Reference) of the Bicentennial History Project and worked in the History Section of the Australian War Memorial. In 1991, he took up a lectureship at the University of Wollongong.

Apart from a session as the Visiting O’Connor Chair in Geography at Colgate University in upstate New York, he worked at UoW until his retirement in 2016. The subjects he taught included nineteenth century Australian history, Australian Studies, Modern World  History, Australians and War, the American West, Film and History, and War and Society.

During his time at UoW, he led nine study tours of Gallipoli and the Western Front. Three of his publications examine the history of the North East from European settlement to the end of the Great War. He has a son who is currently living in London.

Battlefield Study Tours

John McQuilton led nine study tours to the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front for undergraduate students at the University of Wollongong. In this talk, he outlines how the subject was run and the impact it had on the students. For the majority, it was an eye-opener. They had to come to grips with different cultures, and they discovered that what they thought they ‘knew’ could be challenged by visiting the places where the history they had studied took place.