Darryl R Dymock The Chalkies

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Join the Head of the Royal Australian Army Educational Corps, Colonel Katrina Schildberger as she launches Darryl Dymock's 'The Chalkies : Educating an Army for Independence'.

*This event is 2pm arrival for a 2.30pm start.*

Two years isn’t a long time in your life, but at age 20 it can be significant. Between 1966 and 1973, while Australian troops were fighting in Vietnam, some 300 conscripted teachers were quietly posted to Papua New Guinea. Colloquially known as ‘Chalkies’, their task was to raise the educational level of troops of the Pacific Islands Regiment in what turned out to be critical years leading up to the country’s independence.

Drawing on the recollections of more than 70 of those National Servicemen, Dr Darryl Dymock, a former Chalkie, tells the story of how these young teachers responded to the challenges of a life most of them never wanted or imagined for themselves, in an exotic land on Australia’s doorstep. It’s a unique tale of the good, the bad and the unexpected, told with flair and insight against the background of political developments of the day.
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