A book entitled “Diggers and Greeks”, combining details of the campaigns with an account of the response of Greeks and Cretans to the Allied forces on their soil and revealing personal relations that developed between Australian soldiers and Greek civilians and soldiers, was presented in the Parliamentary Dining Room at the Parliament of NSW, on Wednesday, April 21st.
The event was hosted by the MP John Hatzistergos, who welcomed the guests and especially the author Maria Hill, as well as the 91-year-old veteran from 1941, Ozzy Pierce, who fought in Crete.
The Minister of Justice underlined that the writer researched the topic from her “Greek” viewpoint and used data from Greece, Australia, England and New Zealand.
Dr Maria Hill is a military historian and an expert on the Greek and Crete campaigns. She has an Honours, Masters and PhD in History from the University of New South Wales. Her PhD study was undertaken at the Australian Defence Force Academy @ UNSW in Canberra. Maria is the first Australian historian of Greek descent to write about these campaigns, which has ensured that a Greek perspective has been included in a narrative that often ignores Australia’s Greek allies.
Her book will be launched in Melbourne, next month, on the occasion of the Battle of Crete, on Friday 21st May 2010 at the Shrine of Remembrance. The event will be launched by Lindsay Tanner, Federal Minister for Finance and Deregulation. The launch will be followed by a performance of Cretan Lyra “Maria Hill brings to life a crucial but often neglected chapter in Australia’s military history. Her narrative is an intriguing and uplifting story of ordinary people from different cultures thrown
together by extraordinary circumstances.
She demonstrates how human relationships drive history,
and how our shared common humanity can overcome
cultural and linguistic barriers”.
The Honourable Lindsay Tanner, MP
Sources: ANA – MPA, Maria Hill.com