Ray Edmunds

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A Guest of the Emperor

An official of the Japanese Embassy in 1988 asked Russell Savage had he ever visited Japan. “Oh, yes,” said R.S., “in 1944-45.” “You must have been a member of a delegation?” “Oh, no, I was a guest of the Emperor!” “You mean you stayed at the Palace?” “No, I was a prisoner of war…”

This biography is factual, deeply moving, but highly readable account of the experiences of a youthful gunner during his A.I.F. years, chiefly of the time spent by him, following the fall of Singapore, as a prisoner of war.

 

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The Missing Masterpiece

The Missing Masterpiece is a satirical spoof on the snobbish world of art collectors. Ian Callinan uses his insider knowledge to have some wicked fun at the expense of our State art galleries. [click to continue…]

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The Next Wave

This is the record of a pioneer community that grew on an isolated and pristine group of islands. The story covers four decades of the lives of people who coped with the hardships of an alien environment but persisted in their efforts to build a future for their families. They realised that the climate was mostly kind although they had to cope with storms and droughts and there were unforeseen events to challenge them. Their survival and progress was achieved because of their ability to be self-sufficient as a community.

The Great Depression came at a time when they had expected that the years of hard work would have been paying dividends. They used their ingenuity to overcome disappointments. [click to continue…]

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Tides of Change

This is a story of real people and events that covers 44 years of Queensland pioneer days. In telling of their lives and the times leading up to Federation, I felt I needed to understand why settlers came to the colony, in particular the coastal areas. [click to continue…]

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A Guest of the Emperor

An official of the Japanese Embassy in 1988 asked Russell Savage had he ever visited Japan. “Oh, yes,” said R.S., “in 1944-45.” “You must have been a member of a delegation?” “Oh, no, I was a guest of the Emperor!” “You mean you stayed at the Palace?” “No, I was a prisoner of war…” [click to continue…]