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A special Anzac event at Waratah Hills Vineyard

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‘From Gippsland to Gallipoli’ a special Anzac event at                    Waratah Hills Vineyard

One of Australia’s foremost World War One historians, Professor, Bruce Scates will be a guest speaker at Waratah Hills Vineyard Friday night, April 22 to discuss his recently launched book ‘World War One: A History in 100 Stories.’

In this special Anzac weekend cellar door event Professor Scates will be joined by one of his co-authors Rebecca Wheatley a PhD candidate at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University.

Professor Scates, who has had a long association with South Gippsland will tell some of the untold stories of South-East Gippsland at war and will reveal an incredible local angle to the mystery of Australia’s first pilgrim to the beaches of Gallipoli.

Late last year Professor Scates was invited to present the annual Menzies lecture at King’s College London to mark the Centenary of Anzac.

‘World War One: A History in 100 Stories’ remembers not just the men and women who lost their lives during the battles of WWI, but those who returned home as well: the gassed, the crippled, the insane – all those irreparably damaged by war.

Professor Scates and Rebecca Wheatley will join Waratah Hills owner Neil Travers in a Q&A about some of the incredible stories in the book as well as learning about new archives that will help reveal your family’s Anzac story.

A highlight of the night will also be a performance by noted Melbourne folk singer Johnny Cronin singing a new ballad inspired by the 100 Stories.

Waratah Hills co-owner Judy Travers said : “We are delighted to host this collaboration with Monash University at a time when we have just marked the centenary of of the Gallipoli campaign.

Bookings are essential for this event at the vineyard which starts at 7.45pm. Refreshments are available and the cost of entry is $10. Email: vineyard@waratahhills.com.au or call (03) 5683 2441

Earlier in the day Professor Scates is giving an Anzac address to students at the South Gippsland Secondary College.

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