The RAHS YouTube Channel features a range of video presentations from our contributors to the Beyond the Blue Mountains: Following the Road from Bathurst project, as well as podcasts from our regular history lecture series.

Our latest YouTube release: Direct Hit: The Bombing of Darwin Post Office – Professor Brett Bowden

Northern Territory Library PH0808-0004 Darwin Bombing Collection

On the floor of the Northern Territory Parliament is a small plaque that reads: “ON 19 FEBRUARY 1942 AN ENEMY BOMB FELL HERE AND KILLED TEN PEOPLE.” It commemorates a major event in Australian history when 188 Japanese fighters and bombers launched a deadly air raid on Darwin. Among the targets was the Darwin Post Office, which suffered a direct hit. Taking cover in a slit trench in the backyard of the Postmaster’s residence were nine members of the Postmaster-General’s Department, including the Postmaster, his wife and daughter – all nine were killed instantly.

Brett Bowden is Professor of History and Politics at Western Sydney University. Recent major publications include The Strange Persistence of Universal History in Political Thought (2017), Direct Hit: The Bombing of Darwin Post Office (2016), Civilization and War (2013), and the multi award-winning Empire of Civilization: the Evolution of an Imperial Idea (2009).

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