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HONEST HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS
Murdoch media mogul mate hypes Anzac troops after Pozières. ‘These fine soldiers are making Australia’s history, building up the traditions of her future armies. There is hardly one of them who has not patriotism burnt into his soul – and burnt into his body, too, for many of them as a pledge have tattooed on their arms the Australian and Allied flags, with the words “Gallipoli, 1915,” underneath this device … As I drove away for many miles along the lines I could not but marvel at the turn in the world’s conditions which had brought these young giants from the furthest corner of the earth to shed their blood to aid the Powers which were gallantly fighting for the greatest cause in the world – freedom as opposed to tyranny.’ Lord Northcliffe (pictured) writes from France in August 1916, encouraged by Keith Murdoch, probably to help PM Hughes in the conscription campaign just getting under way. (15 July 2018)
Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been