Name: Dr Melanie Oppenheimer
Bio: Senior Lecturer, University of Western Sydney and author of All Work No Pay: Australian Civilian Volunteers in War [Walcha, 2002]
Stories From The Front – and the Home Front
This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.17 No.1 in 2005 (pages 37-42)
In a seminar evening called “Stories From the Front and the Home Front” John Hamilton, Associate Editor of the Herald-Sun and author of Goodbye Cobber [Pan Macmillan] and Dr Melanie Oppenheimer, Senior Lecturer, University of Western Sydney and author of All Work No Pay: Australian Civilian Volunteers in War [Walcha 2002] came together to discuss the broad spectrum of Australians’ contribution over decades to the defence forces. Whether the heroic but tragic slaughter at Gallipoli’s Battle of the Nek or the cheerful support of the Salvation Army officers serving cold drinks to weary soldiers in Vietnam or the hundreds of parcels sent by volunteer groups to soldiers overseas, the sacrifice made by millions of Australians was remarkable.