The Australian Children of Servicemen from World War Two: An Intergenerational Study

By Alexandra MacCallum.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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While Australian historians have written about World War Two extensively, few texts exist, however, which discuss the post-war years. Within these, fewer still explore how loved ones grappled with the return of soldiers and prisoners of war into these families. To date, no academic history nor personal memoir exists examining in detail the impact it had when their father did or did not return home. To delve into the lives of such families interviews have been conducted. Although it is primarily an oral history, in that interviews will be the main focus of analysis, the major themes were determined by using grounded theory (a sociological method). Further, psychological literature has been used to glean an understanding of traumatic memory.

Keywords: Oral History, World War Two, Repatriation, Family Dynamics, Childhood

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.129-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 654.054KB).

Alexandra MacCallum

PhD Candidate, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

At undergraduate level I studied history and law at Monash University with a specific focus on Australian history, classics and archaeology. In 2005 I received the Robert Menzies Studentship to study at University College, University of London. My honours thesis examined the policy of assimilation in the 1950s and Aboriginal land rights. I am currently in the final year of my PhD candidature (the Robert Alfred McPherson Scholarship) at the University of Melbourne with Professor Joy Damousi as my supervisor. I have now conducted around thirty interviews and have made some significant finding on the impact of World War Two on Australian families.

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