Ian Willis Publications List and other activities


2017 October 3. Presentation to Narellan Rotary Club ‘The Cowpastures Just Like an English Landscape’ at Harrington Park Country Club.

2017 History Week Presentation: Going to the Movies: Ian Willis.


36th Annual Conference of the Australian Historical Association at Newcastle 3-7 July 2017 presentation of paper ‘Silent Anzacs: Red Cross convalescent homes in NSW, 1914-1916’.

Abstract Submission_Final

Book Review JRAHS

Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society – New South Wales and the great war [Book Review] (APAFT) – Informit

List of Publications Feb 2017



Dictionary of Sydney entry:

The Red Cross in Sydney in World War One (2016)

1918 Poster Image Red Cross (Wikimedia)

1918 Poster Image Red Cross (Wikimedia)

At the end of August 1914 the Sydney newspaper the Sunday Times described the Red Cross as ‘Angels of Mercy’, ‘the one bright spot’ in the newly emerging war. [1] From the beginning of the Great War, Sydney women, mostly conservative, founded and joined Red Cross branches and sewed, knitted and raised funds for the war effort. They also worked in Voluntary Aid Detachments both locally and overseas. By 1918 the Red Cross effectively owned the story of the war effort at home.

Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine, Inc

History and Health Journal

The Red Cross and the Liverpool Field Hospital, Hope and Despair during 1915 (2016)

Presentation at RAHS History House, Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Presentation at RAHS History House, Macquarie Street, Sydney.

The outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 was met with much jingoistic enthusiasm by the Australian population. Men volunteered in their hundreds for service for God, King, and Country; to defend the Empire; for adventure; and to see the world. Women on the homefront formed up Red Cross branches across the country in small country towns and city suburbs to serve ‘their boys’. Unfortunately for the men who enlisted their desire to serve the Empire was not met with a similar level of organisational effi ciency by authorities in Australia. The military were completely overwhelmed by the progress of the war, especially the level of casualties that resulted from the Gallipoli campaign.


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Ian Willis Publications List and other activities 2014

‘Angels of Mercy’, Independent Scholars Association of Australia, 5 July 2015. Read more