Speakers from Australia and Singapore reflect on the fall of Singapore 75 years ago, weaving together personal stories and international events to reveal the enduring legacy of 1942.
Fall of Singapore session one: Museums and memory
Joan Beaumont on ‘From ‘inexecusable betrayal’ to Changi; Australian memories of the fall of Singapore, Frank Bongiorno on ‘An Australia of the spirit: The fall of Singapore and Australian nationalism’, Priscilla Chua on ‘Remembering the fall of Singapore at the National Museum of Singapore: The museum as mediator’ and Mat Trinca on ‘The partnership between the National Museum of Singapore and the National Museum of Australia’.
Fall of Singapore session two: Personal stories
Janda Gooding on ‘Broken families: British evacuees to Australia 1941–42’ and Garth Connell on ‘The blue birds are calling me back home: Aboriginal Australian prisoners of war in Singapore’.
Fall of Singapore session three: An enduring legacy
Australian War Memorial curator Anthea Gunn and visual artist Angela Tiatia on ‘After the fall: commissioning and creating contemporary art in response to historic events’.
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Presenters: Anthea Gunn and Angela Tiatia