Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Valiant for Truth

Past Event

Thursday, 2 February 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Valiant for Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent

​Neil McDonald in conversation with Chris Masters

Reginald William Winchester (Chester) Wilmot (1911–1954) was a renowned Australian war correspondent, broadcaster, journalist and writer. From the first triumphant North African battles of Bardia, Tobruk and Derna, to the heartbreaking disaster of the Greek Campaign, the epic struggle along the famed Kokoda Track, the momentous amphibious invasion at Normandy, and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany, his voice stood above all others during BBC and ABC broadcasts throughout the Second World War.

Join bestselling author Neil McDonald as he talks about Valiant for Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent the first full biography of this enigmatic man.

Neil McDonald is a film historian and author. His books include Kokoda Front Line: the amazing story of legendary Australian war cameraman Damien Parer (Hachette 1994, 2004, revised edition 2012). He is co-author with Peter Brune of 200 Shots, a pictorial account of Australian fighting on the Kokoda Track.

Chris Masters​ worked as an investigative reporter on ABC TV's Four Corners program from 1983-2010, and was responsible for many nation-shaping reports, including The Big League in 1983, which triggered the NSW Street Royal Commission, and the Moonlight State report on police corruption in Queensland which prompted the Fitzgerald Inquiry.
Chris produced three television features for the ABC and Network Ten on Australian military operations in Afghanistan, and is the author of Uncommon Soldier, an exploration of the nature of the modern Australian soldier.

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