Last Shilling: History of Repatriation Clem Lloyd

ISBN: 9780522845082

Published: August 1st 1994

Hardcover

476 pages


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Last Shilling: History of Repatriation  by  Clem Lloyd

Last Shilling: History of Repatriation by Clem Lloyd
August 1st 1994 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 476 pages | ISBN: 9780522845082 | 10.72 Mb

Senator Edward Millen, who conceived and nurtured Australias repatriation system, described repatriation of returned service personnel as just as much an emanation of the heart as a cause worthy of the last shilling. It had been a concern toMoreSenator Edward Millen, who conceived and nurtured Australias repatriation system, described repatriation of returned service personnel as just as much an emanation of the heart as a cause worthy of the last shilling. It had been a concern to Australians since the Boer War, but it was not until 1918 that an entire government department (now the Department of Veterans Affairs) came into being to address this concern.

Drawing on a wealth of Departmental archives and other unpublished material, Clem Lloyd and Jacqui Rees have provided a frank account of an institution that, from soldier settlement schemes to Agent Orange, has responded to the needs of returned service people in a generous and open-hearted way. In a series of chronological and thematic chapters the authors explore the many functions and practices of Repat - from hospitals to scholarships, training programmes to home loans - culminating in an examination of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the 1980s.

The book gives rare insights into successive ministers and prime ministers, senior administrators and front-line staff, returned service personnel and their families. In the course of its 75-year history, the activities of Repat have touched the lives of almost everyone, yet, until now, the makers of policy and those who implemented it have been largely unknown or invisible. Taking in subjects such as Australias relations with her military allies, the relationship of the Department of other welfare policies, and the changing nature of Australian society since World War I, the book is a fascinating account of one of Australias most enduring concerns.



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