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Following the Pompey Elliott session

War Time Letters

Ross McMullin

White Gloves Room, State Library of Queensland


History/War Stories



#About the event


Ross McMullin

Ross McMullin

Ross McMullin is an award-winning biographer and historian. He has researched and written extensively about Australian history and politics, with World War I a particular interest. His biography Pompey Elliott won awards for literature and biography. Pompey Elliott was Australia’s most famous fighting general in World War I. Now, with the publication of Ross’s most recent book Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words, Pompey has also become the creator of the most riveting Australian personal narrative of that conflict.

Ross McMullin’s previous book Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and the National Cultural Award. His books also include Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius, a biography of the remarkably talented and versatile artist–writer who was Australia’s first official war artist. Other books by Ross include the centenary ALP history The Light on the Hill, and another political history So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and the World’s First National Labour Government

He has contributed chapters to numerous multi-authored books and many articles to periodicals and newspapers.



Ursula Cleary

Ursula Cleary

Ursula Cleary is a freelance screenwriter, researcher and script editor with a strong focus on adapting the stories of real people for the screen. Her screenwriting credits include the AACTA nominated feature film, Don’t Tell, released in 2017 and several episodes of the ABC drama series, The Time of Our Lives. In 2016 she was awarded a State Library of Queensland QANZAC 100 Fellowship to research the life and work of Annie Wheeler during the first world war, for a television series and novel. Ursula’s script editing and research credits include the Nine network’s telemovie, Beaconsfield and the ABC mini-series, Paper Giants – The Magazine Wars.


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