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Published in the November 2016 issue

Richard Braithwaite launches Sandakan book just before his death

braithwaite-sandakanFighting Monsters:  An Intimate Knowledge of the Sandakan Tragedy by Richard Braithwaite

Published by Australian Scholarly Publishing

Dr Brendan Nelson, director of the Australian War Memorial, launched Professor Richard ‘Dick’ Braithwaite’s book on 28 September at the Memorial in Canberra. Three days later, Professor Braithwaite died. He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2014.

Fighting Monsters explores the complexities of the Sandakan death marches in the Second World War. Professor Braithwaite was a scholar of the Sandakan tragedy which impacted on his parents:  taking the life of his mother’s first husband, while his father was one of six Death March survivors who lived to tell the story of the 2500 POWs who went to Sandakan.

Most recently, Dick was an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business and Tourism.  Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor of Sustainable Tourism within the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management from 2001 to 2012.  Dick held a number of leadership roles in the School including Head of School, Honours Co-ordinator, Director of Research and Postgraduate Training, and Director of the Centre for Regional Tourism.

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  1. So very sad. Condolences to his family and friends. My Great Uncle Alvo was at Sandakan and perished on the march. Last week I went to the AWM to pay my respects. Our family will never forget his bravery. Lest We Forget.

    Kay Danes, OAM
    PhD Student SCU

  2. Åsa Virdi Kroik says:

    As a student from Sweden I have no knowledge about the Sandakan tragedy but I understand that Professor Braithwaite has written an important book, trying to give voice to silenced voices. I am glad that Professor Braithwaite was able to release his book before he died.

  3. Roslyn Baker says:

    My great Uncle Chaz was on the Sandakan march too. We attend a memorial service at Burwood Park every year.
    Looking forward to reading Fighting Monsters.

    Roslyn Baker