New additions to the University of Melbourne War Records

New additions to the University of Melbourne War Records

Dr James Waghorne one of the Chief Investigators on the Expert Nation project published an article for Remembrance Day, November 11 2017. Appearing in the University of Melbourne’s Pursuit publication the article reveals how research for this project has identified 156 additional names, which were absent from the original University of Melbourne’s War Memorial Book. One of the names added is Dr Mary De Garis, the second […]

ARC Research Highlight

ARC Research Highlight

To coincide with ANZAC Day 2017, the Australian Research Council has published the following piece on the ExpertNation project: Expert Nation: Universities, War and 1920s and 1930s Australia—24 April 2017 The First World War was a new kind of war, arguably the first ‘modern war’ in which science and knowledge were to play a critical role. In a conflict that was fought as much by experts as by expeditionary forces, Australian university graduates played an […]

Trixie Whitehead: Intelligence and the First World War

Trixie Whitehead: Intelligence and the First World War

British intelligence tends to conjure up thoughts of MI6, James Bond and of course the Cold War. It was WWI, however, that was the first international conflict that British intelligence agencies became an important part of the government’s overall war effort. This is of particular relevance to the Expert Nation project. While doing research on the graduates of the Women’s College within the University of […]

Symposium: World War 1, the Universities and the Professions

Symposium: World War 1, the Universities and the Professions

  The symposium, World War One, Universities and the Professions, was held on 12 & 13 October 2017  at the University of Melbourne. Bringing together a group of academics, each examining a different profession. Presentations were grouped into five sessions: The Arts: Design, Music and Writing Teaching, Languages and the Law Medical Sciences Science and Technology Government, Accounting and Anthropology Themes explored included: the impact of […]

History of Education Review – Universities, Expertise and the First World War

History of Education Review – Universities, Expertise and the First World War

There are myriad connections between universities and war. The latest issue of History of Education (Vol 45 Issue 2) prompts us to see the war not simply in terms of guns and battles but also how the battlefield extended university expertise with long-lasting implications into the 1920s and 1930s. The contributors each ask how university education, expertise and professional experience were applied both in the context of […]

Symposium: Social & Cultural Experience of WWI

Symposium: Social & Cultural Experience of WWI

  The Social and Cultural Experience of World War I : Symposium at the University of Melbourne, 11 May 2016 The photographs, writings and ephemera assembled in the exhibition Somewhere in France:Australians on the Western Front reveal individual connections and personal experiences of individuals on the Western Front.These glimpses convey the diverse motivations and interests of those engaged in the war, and hint at the changes that war made on individuals and society […]

Dentistry & the War

Dentistry & the War

When war broke out in 1914, dentistry was still embroiled in bitter conflicts between interest groups with different understandings of the social status of the profession and the relationship of universities to it. But the wartime experience of solider dentists left them in no doubt about these questions. For dentistry, as for so many other branches of science, the war functioned as a ‘huge laboratory […]