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Year 9 Drama: Verbatim Theatre - Australians in World War II

Verbatim Theatre Australians in World War II


Verbatim Theatre is a form of documentary theatre in which plays are constructed from the precise words spoken by people interviewed about a particular event or topic.

News Reports


Use the digitized Courier Mail in TROVE

For example, these three stories are from 28 November 1942.

Great Jungle fight by 90 grim men of the A.I.F.  (Report of Kokoda Track fighting)

Moon raids on Darwin 28th November 1942  (Report on the Bombing of Darwin)

More Street Disturbances  (Report of The Battle of Brisbane)

Organizations that Collect Interviews/Transcripts

National Library of Australia  (Find here interviews, newspapers, etc.)

The Kokoda Track  (features Video Interviews of Australian soldiers who fought on the Kokoda track.)

UNSW Australian at War Film Archive  (2,000 interviews)

Australian War Memorial Oral history and recorded sound collection 

Trove   (Digitized Australian Newspapers from WW2)

National Portrait Gallery  (Interviews with Great Australians such as Weary Dunlop).

Australia. Department of Veteran's Affairs. Australia's War 1939-1945  (Background to Australian's involvement in WW2).

Brisbane Grammar School Soldiers

To research BGS oldboys who were involved in World War 2 go to our G: drive where the digitized records of all the BGS Magazine can be found in the folder: G:\BGS Archives\BGS School Magazines – general

The magazines are PDF that are searchable by keywords.

Some BGS Oldboy to research are;

D C S Bennett  who was Wing Commander under Bomber Harris, of Bomber Command

He wrote a famous history of the airplane squadrons that marked targets for bombing in a book called Pathfinder.


Sir Charles Spry, and

Major-General John Lavarack.

Books in the Senior Library