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Author talk: Breaker Morant
Peter FitzSimons in conversation with Bruce Beresford and Stephen Romei

Most Australians have heard of the Boer War of 1899 to 1902 and of Harry 'Breaker' Morant who joined up to fight first with the South Australian Mounted Rifles and then with a South African irregular unit, the Bushveldt Carbineers.

In October 1901 Morant and two other Australians, Lieutenants Peter Handcock and George Witton, were arrested for the murder of Boer prisoners. Morant and Handcock were court-martialled and executed in February 1902 as the Boer War was in its closing stages, but the debate over their convictions continues to this day.

In his latest book, Breaker Morant, Peter Fitzsimons unravels the many myths and fictions that surround the life of Harry Morant.

Peter will be joined for this talk by the director of the iconic 1980 film Breaker Morant and the literary editor and a film critic, Stephen Romei.

Peter FitzSimons is Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer, and for the past 30 years has also been a journalist and columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun-Herald. He is the author of a number of highly successful books. His passion is to tell Australian stories, our own stories: of great men and women, of stirring events in our history.

Nov 24, 2020 06:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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