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The Mystery Of AE1

Australia’s first submarines, AE1 and AE2 entered Sydney Harbour on 24 May 1914 after a voyage from Britain that The London Times declared: ‘Manifestly the most remarkable yet performed by a submarine — 83 days, 60 of which were spent at sea. Australians were fascinated by their submarines and proud that their young navy was bravely at the forefront of such technology. Britain declared war against Germany on 4 August 1914 and the British Admiralty despatched the Australian fleet to capture German New Guinea and destroy the German Pacific fleet, and was seen off Duke of York Island in St George’s Channel.

Inspiring Australian Women

Between 2008 and 2013 I conducted interviews with these amazing Australians who give so much to communities here and internationally.

I was humbled by their presence and grateful for the rare insights they allowed into their professional and private lives.

The life journey undertaken by each of these Australian women is as inspiring and fascinating as it was challenging for me to keep pace with. I can but hope that my words have done them justice. But at least if a picture can paint a thousand words this book speaks volumes through the insightful portraits by Margaret Hadfield-Zorgdrager.

Read the contents, foreword and introduction in the slideshow below.

Women in Uniform

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About the author.

Kathryn Spurling served with the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS). She completed an honours degree in History at the Australian National University and a Masters Degree with Honours and a PhD in military history at University of New South Wales (UNSW). Between 1996 and 2011 Kathryn was attached to School of History, and then the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, where she tutored history and strategic studies.

In 1999 she organised the Women in Uniform: Perceptions and Pathways Conference the first of its kind in Australia, and edited the book of the same name.

Kathryn Spurling

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