Anzac Square Memorial Galleries Talk Series: Chalkies

Anzac Square Memorial Galleries Talk Series: Chalkies

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Sun 29 May


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Anzac Square Memorial Galleries

Anzac Square Memorial Galleries Talk Series: Chalkies

Secure your place at this month's free talk at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries exploring the little-known history of Australia's 'Chalkies'.

Hear firsthand from Chalkies, Norm Hunter, Ian Ogston, Peter Darmody, Max Qhanchi and Darryl Dymock about their experiences as young ‘Nasho’ teachers in the Army in PNG in the years between 1966 and 1973. Only a few of the 300-strong ‘taskforce’ were aware at the time of the potential contribution they might be making to the future development of a Pacific nation that just a few years later would become independent.

Drawing on a collection of photos taken over the eight years of the education scheme, the five Chalkies will not only talk about their role as teachers in a different cultural and military context, but also reflect on the impact the experience had on their own personal and professional lives.

After the talk, visitors can stay to explore the Memorial Galleries - embarking on an interactive journey from the First World War to today, before taking time to reflect on the remarkable stories of bravery and sacrifice in the tranquil parklands.

Anzac Square Memorial Galleries is located at 285 Ann Street, Brisbane. Entry is through the double brass doors located beneath the Shrine of Remembrance.

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