FEATURING ROSS McMULLIN
The War That Changed Us
This award-winning four-part docudrama series, screened on ABC TV in 2014 and 2015, tells the story of Australia in World War I through six characters, and one of them is Pompey Elliott. Accordingly, Pompey Elliott (played by Luke Hewitt) is very prominent in the series, which also includes commentary from Ross as Pompey’s biographer.
To see a short excerpt featuring Ross that relates to Pompey’s tendency to swear at his men, and his wife’s dislike of this, click here.
To see a short excerpt featuring Ross that illuminates Pompey’s fury at being overlooked for promotion, click here.
To see a short excerpt featuring Ross that covers Pompey’s death, click here.
The full series is now available to watch on Kanopy (you’ll need a public library card or university login to sign in to Kanopy).
You can also read a comprehensive review of the series by Graeme Blundell, published in The Australian on 30 August 2014
Polygon Wood Service
Speech given at the Shrine on the 26th of September 2022, the anniversary of the battle of Polygon Wood.
Farewell Dear People
Ross delivered an address about his award-winning book Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation at Graduate House (Melbourne University) on 14 November 2018.
Centenary Speech at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
This was a keynote speech at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) on 18 May 2015, the centenary of the death at Gallipoli of WEHI’s initial director, Clunes Mathison, whose life is the subject of one of the extended biographies in Farewell, Dear People.
Illustrated appraisal of Will Dyson’s war art
This was a panel discussion at the State Library of Victoria on the subject of war art.
Ross’s illustrated presentation commences at the 9-minute mark.
Ross wrote a biography of Dyson, Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius.
Lateline interview, ANZAC Day 2012
On Anzac Day 2012 Ross was interviewed live on Lateline by Tony Jones as the program’s main interview that evening. The interview was about his book Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation.