Forthcoming Event: Chief of Army History Conference, Canberra


2019 Chief of Army History Conference

DATE: 28 November 2019

LOCATION: Adams Auditorium, ADFA, Canberra ACT Australia

The 2019 Chief of Army (CA) History Conference will be held on Thursday, 28 November at the Australian Defence Force Academy’s Adams Auditorium. This year’s theme is ‘An Army of Influence’ and looks at our involvement in the region throughout Army’s history.


The Chief of Army’s History Conference has traditionally been held annually since 1994 and has grown into one of the pre-eminent military history conferences in Australia. As it evolved, the conference has attracted world class speakers from Australia and around the world to deliver the latest research on themes with relevance to either the history of, or operational issues affecting, the Australian Army.


This year’s conference theme is entitled ‘An Army of Influence: The Australian Army’s Connection with the Region. Speakers include:

Professor John Blaxland, ANU
Colonel (Dr) John Connery, Australian Army
Professor Peter Dean, UWA
Professor David Horner, ANU
Lieutenant Colonel (Dr) Dayton McCarthy, Australian Army
Dr Tristan Moss, UNSW (Canberra)
Colonel Graeme Sligo, Australian Army
Professor Craig Stockings, AWM
Speakers from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and the Army of the Republic of Indonesia (TNI) to be confirmed.


Defence Personnel, Defence APS and Invited Guests: The Australian Army History Unit invites Army members, members of the ADF, Defence APS and invited guests to take advantage of Defence-funded tickets to attend this year’s conference.

General Public: Members of the general public are invited to purchase tickets from Eventbrite to attend the annual CA History Conference alongside serving personnel to both learn about aspects of the Australian Army’s history, and hear about issues faced by armies the world over (albeit in an historical context). It is also extremely instructive in educating the public about how Government, the Army and the community negotiate ambiguous and complex military outcomes, both internally and externally. Public engagement with the conference aids in understanding and appreciating the issues facing Army, as well as being an opportunity for all attendees to listen to the best scholars in the world present the findings of their latest research. Tickets for the public are $50.00 (plus small admin fee) at the Eventbrite website.

More details of the conference can be found at this website

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