Mike O'Brien arranged the reburial of five World War I Australian soldiers found in Belgium in 2007, and more recently oversaw the exhumation, identification and reburial of the remains of several hundred Australian soldiers at Fromelles, France. Bruce Scates served on the committee that confirmed the existence of mass graves at Fromelles.
In this seminar Mike outlines the process and outcomes of the Fromelles exhumation, and Bruce reflects on the event's significance for Australian history.
Mike O'Brien was a major general in the Australian infantry who left fulltime service in 2001 and has written a history of his battalion in Vietnam.
Bruce Scates is professor of history and Australian studies and director of the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University.
This talk was part of the Making Public History series, presented in association with Monash University and the History Council of Victoria. It was held at the State Library of Victoria on 12 November 2009..