In Conversation with Lucas Jordan

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On 9 August 1918, on high ground overlooking the Somme River, an entire British Army Corps is held up by German machine gunners. The battle has raged for 30 hours and more than 2000 Englishmen have fallen, for no gain.

Meanwhile, two Australian sergeants, Jack Hayes and Harold Andrews, go absent without leave and cross the Somme ahead of the British lines. Gathering weapons and four of their best mates, Hayes and Andrews return to take on the Germans.

The extraordinary feats of the Chipilly Six have been overlooked and the personal stories of these diggers have never before been celebrated. Yet, this story doesn’t end when the war does. Historian Lucas Jordan weaves a compelling tale of the lives of these soldiers, chronicling their return home and years after service, through a pandemic, the Great Depression, another world war, and the very first Anzac Day dawn service.

Find out more when you come along and meet Lucas.

Content: The Ballaarat Mechanics Institute

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  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

21 Feb

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Ballarat Mechanics Institute

117-119 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

$10.00 per person

Includes light refreshment.

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