Angus Houston Dinner
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AC addressed a Bean Foundation dinner at the Melbourne Savage Club on June 29 2013 in his capacity as Chair of the ANZAC Centenary Committee. He outlined plans for the Centenary to a capacity audience.
John Faulkner and Kevin Rudd Dinner
A highlight of the CEW Bean Foundation year is our annual dinner featuring a prominent guest speaker. Recent speakers have included the former Defence Minister Senator John Faulkner and the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Lunch with John Hamilton
Author John Hamilton spoke at a Bean Chapter lunch at the Melbourne Savage Club on November 15 about his new book “The Price of Valour’’ about Hugo Throssell VC. The lunch in the Savage Club boardroom was fully subscribed.
Parliamentary Press Gallery Mid Winter Ball 2010 – 10th Anniversary Celebration
A great honour for the C.E.W. Bean Foundation in being allocated $20,000 from the enormous fundraising efforts of the Mid Winter Ball, held in Parliament House Canberra.
Media, Truth and Conflict. With the University of Melbourne and the C.E.W. Bean Foundation, 2009
A two day program courtesy of the National Library of Australia, guest speakers covered a range of interesting topics in plenary and panel sessions. Full program here: https://www.nla.gov.au/events/getting-the-story/index.html
Launch of Myth-Maker, the story of Ellis Ashmead Bartlett, the British correspondent who lit the ANZAC flame. – April 25, 2005
At a function preceding the 2005 CEW Bean Dinner, the Foundation launched Fred and Elizabeth Brenchley’s book Myth-Maker, the story of the British war correspondent whose report of the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 scooped the official Australian war correspondent CEW Bean, and who, with Australian journalist Keith Murdoch, broke censorship to secure the allied evacuation from Gallipoli.
Joint Project with the National Library of Australia to establish a set of digitised records of correspondents’ reports from Gallipoli. – April 25, 2005
The foundation is working with the Library to establish a digitised collection of reports from Gallipoli, that is, to put them on a website so they are accessible on-line. Given that, but for the correspondents of the time, Anzac Cove would never have had the enduring role in our national life that it has come to have, to be able to put these reports on a website would be invaluable for schools, tertiary students and even for those backpackers who now go in their thousands to Gallipoli each year. Correspondents include Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Phillip Schuler and Keith Murdoch. This project was supported by the Government’s Distinctively Australian program. Phase 1 of the project was completed and opened on the National Library website in the week leading to Anzac Day, 2005.
Support for Melbourne University Project
The Foundation successfully supported a bid for an application for an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant by Fay Anderson and Richard Trembath from the University of Melbourne for a proposed research project to examine the contribution of Australian correspondents who reported on major wars and international conflicts in the 20th century. The research will begin with the Boer War when an elite corps of journalists was born. The themes of the project include: the journalists’ experiences; the discourses that defined Australian soldiers and national identity; the mythmaking and truths; the extent of the war correspondents’ influence on the public and how they shaped attitudes to war, allies, enemies and race; how correspondents contributed to the official military version of particular conflicts and when and why they deviated from it; how reporting has changed over time; the treatment of correspondents by the military and the establishment; the style of media coverage; the extent of censorship and the role of political and military pressure.