Richard Braithwaite launches Sandakan book just before his death
Fighting 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.