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26 April 2015


C Bell

I found this blog while researching an academic article about young Antipodean tourists going to Gallipoli.

You are quite right: ideology and collective memory ensure they are not forgotten.

Robin Carmody

I think the last verse was right when the song was written (early 1970s): according to Wikipedia, the commemorations seemed to be fading into obscurity at that point, largely because of public revulsion at Australia's involvement in Vietnam. Obviously that turned round later.

June Tabor's recording is unforgettable; the context in which John Peel played it on one particular show (28th May 1981 - although I'm sure there were other times, perhaps a year later) even more so.

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  • Rosie Bell

    Some song writing, some verse writing and too much blogging about culture, politics, cycling and gardening.

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