The Military History Society of NSW is for those interested in military history from ancient and modern times from NSW, Australia and the globe.

Past speakers

Monthly lectures are available free to members and guests. Featuring renowned speakers from Australian defence and security organisations, universities, other historical societies and “think tanks”, these insightful topics provide great depth into conflicts and period of history of historical military importance.

The Malayan Emergency, 1948-60, by Seumas Tan

By on May 10, 2018
The Malayan Emergency, 1948-60, by Seumas Tan

The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) marks one of the bleakest period in the history of Malaya (now known as Malaysia). This lecture traces the emergence of the Communist Insurgents and explores the events that led to the declaration of the Emergency.

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Peter Sweeney – Battle of the Coral Sea, 4-8 May 1942

By on April 10, 2018
Peter Sweeney – Battle of the Coral Sea, 4-8 May 1942

The Battle of the Coral Sea was off the north-east coast of Australia between 4 and 8 May 1942 fought by US and Australian forces against the Japanese. It was the first aircraft carrier battle ever fought.

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The Battle of Lake Tanganyika by Dennis Weatherall, Councillor of the Society

By on March 9, 2018
The Battle of Lake Tanganyika by Dennis Weatherall, Councillor of the Society

Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake in the world, but one of the strangest battles of WWI took place on its placid waters. Hear Battlefield Guide Dennis Weatherall’s detailed account of this feat of arms.

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49th Annual General Meeting and Lecture

By on February 6, 2018
49th Annual General Meeting and Lecture

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Military History Society of NSW, Major General the Honourable Justice Paul Brereton AM RFD will give a lecture on Lieutenant General James Gordon Legge CB, CMG, MA, LLB.

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Chris Matthew on Fate, Pre-Destination and the Mindset of Ancient and Modern Warriors

By on November 29, 2017
Chris Matthew on Fate, Pre-Destination and the Mindset of Ancient and Modern Warriors

The Military History Society of NSW presents Chris Matthew on Fate, Pre-Destination and the Mindset of Ancient and Modern Warriors – some of the first recorded instances of physical and psychological reactions to the traumas of war.

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Craig Collie on Code Breakers: Inside the shadow world of signals intelligence in Australia’s two Bletchley Parks

By on October 21, 2017
Craig Collie on Code Breakers: Inside the shadow world of signals intelligence in Australia’s two Bletchley Parks

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents Code Breakers: Inside the shadow world of signals intelligence in Australia’s two Bletchley Parks The Brigadier E. J. H. (John) Howard CBE Commemorative Lecture for 2017 Craig Collie is the author of the highly acclaimed The Path of Infinite Sorrow: The Japanese on the Kokoda Track […]

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Interrupting a hybrid war: new perspectives on Australia’s military involvement in East Timor in 1999

By on September 13, 2017
Interrupting a hybrid war: new perspectives on Australia’s military involvement in East Timor in 1999

The Military History Society of NSW presents Associate Professor Bob Breen on: Interrupting a hybrid war: new perspectives on Australia’s military involvement in East Timor in 1999.

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Mr Robert Muscat on: Did America win the War of Independence or did Britain lose the American colonies?

By on August 15, 2017
Mr Robert Muscat on: Did America win the War of Independence or did Britain lose the American colonies?

The Military History Society of NSW presents Mr Robert Muscat on: Did America win the War of Independence or did Britain lose the American colonies?

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Forensic anthropology and archaeology in the identification of battlefield remains

By on July 11, 2017
Forensic anthropology and archaeology in the identification of battlefield remains

The Military History Society of NSW presents Dr Denise Donlon curator of the Shellshear Museum of Physical Anthropology on forensic anthropology and archaeology in the identification of battlefield remains.

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Retired Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD on Rabaul – World War I and II

By on June 16, 2017
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD on Rabaul – World War I and II

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents Retired Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD on Rabaul – World War I and II   The speaker at our next meeting on 3 June will be retired Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD with a presentation titled “Rabaul WWI & WWII”. Prior to the start of […]

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