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Media Release The Hon Bruce Scott MP Minister for Veterans’ Affairs · Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence · Federal Member for Maranoa

05 Sep 2001 MIN 336/01


SOURCES AND STATISTICS INVALUABLE FOR MILITARY HISTORY BUFFS Until now very few Australians would have been aware that 15,403 Australian soldiers were

casualties of the influenza pandemic that hit the European battlefields in 1916-17, or 1,845,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition were produced in Australia in the period 1940-45, the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Bruce Scott, said today.

Mr Scott revealed these little know facts and statistics at Melbourne’s historic Victoria Barracks as he launched the sixth volume entitled Australian Defence: Sources and Statistics in the seven-part Centenary History of Defence series.

"Australian Defence: Sources and Statistics, compiled by Professor Joan Beaumont of Deakin University is one of a series of works by noted Australian military historians and chronicles the contribution of defence matters to the nation’s first hundred years", said Mr Scott.

"Professor Beaumont’s volume not only contains a wealth of statistical data on a century of Australian Defence Force participation in war and peace, but also guides readers to the sources of further research in a wide range of Defence related areas.

"Sources and Statistics is the sort of publication that any serious student of Australia’s military history would want to have as an essential inclusion in their library.

"Although it could easily be picked up and read from cover to cover, it is more likely that readers would treat this book as something to be selectively sampled in small portions and frequently revisited.

"The series, although not an official history, is a collaboration between the Department of Defence and the University of New South Wales’ University College at the Australian Defence Force Academy".

"Professor Beaumont and those who contributed to the writing of this volume are to be congratulated for their work", he said.


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Brief - The Australian Centenary History of Defence Project  


The idea for an Australian Centenary History of Defence originated in the early 1990s with a group of academics at University College, the University of New South Wales’ subsidiary that delivers tertiary education to Defence people at the Australian Defence Force Academy. They were able to sell the idea to the Department of Defence which has provided funding assistance and access to Departmental sources. Oxford University Press was selected to publish the work.

The Australian Centenary History of Defence is an academic work rather than an official history. It consists of seven volumes which encapsulate the place of Defence as an integral element of Australia’s development in the century since Federation. The volumes in the series are:

Volume 1: The Australian Army by Professor Jeffrey Grey ● Volume 2: The Royal Australian Air Force by Dr Alan Stephens ● Volume 3: The Royal Australian Navy by Dr David Stevens ● Volume 4: Making the Australian Defence Force by Dr David Horner ●

Volume 5: The Department of Defence by Professor Eric Andrews ● Volume 6: Australian Defence: Sources and Statistics by Professor Joan Beaumont ● Volume 7: An Atlas of Australian Wars by Lieutenant General (Retd) H.J. Coates ●

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