John Moremon

I am a historian with public sector and academic experience – and planning a transition back to public history. My primary interest is military history and the intersections between war and society.

I am originally from Australia where I completed my BA (Honours) in History at the University of New England and my PhD in History at the University of New South Wales. I crossed the ditch to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2007 to teach defence studies and military history at Massey University, Palmerston North, and where I have since completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning and then a Master of Arts (Museum Studies), awarded Distinction, with a research report on the history of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Prior to moving to New Zealand, I was a researcher with the Australian War Memorial (2001), a historian with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (2001-06, plus a six-week return in 2007), and a senior researcher in defence and security for the Research Branch of the Australian Parliamentary Library (2006-07).

I have archival research experience in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as oral history interviewing experience. I also have heritage governance experience, having been on both the Palmerston North City Council’s Defence Heritage Advisory Group (2019) and Caccia Birch (Historic House) Trust Board (2022-current). My MA

A selection of my recent history publications appears below:

‘Oral history with Australian war veterans on the web.’ Agora (Journal of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria) 58, no. 2 (2023): 49–52.

‘The Tommy gun in jungle warfare: The use and usefulness of the Thompson submachine gun for Australian soldiers on the Kokoda Trail, New Guinea, 1942.’ Vulcan: Journal of the Social History of Military Technology 9 (2022): 84–117.

The origins of RNZAF maritime operations.’ Journal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force 7 (2022): 34–43.

‘The Royal New Zealand Air Force and American supply in the South Pacific during the Second World War.’ In Allies in Air Power: A History of Multinational Air Operations, edited by Steven Paget, 76–99. Lexington, KT: University Press of Kentucky, 2021.

‘“No written word can express the sympathy of a spoken word”: Casualty telegrams after the battle for Bardia, 1941.’ In Expressions of War in Australia and the Pacific: Language, Trauma, Memory and Official Discourse, edited by Amanda Laugesen & Catherine Fisher, 161–187. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

‘Another country’s flag, another country’s servicemen: Rosenthal’s photograph and commemoration of the US Marine Corps in Australia and New Zealand.’ In Investigating Iwo: The Flag Raisings in Myth, Memory, and Esprit de Corps, edited by Breanne Robertson, 120–139. Quantico, VA: Marine Corps History Division, 2019.

‘The Australian colonial press on the wars in the Taranaki and Waikato.’ In Tutu te Puehu: New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars, edited by John Crawford & Ian McGibbon, 446–469. Wellington: Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2018.

‘Search, recovery, and “closure”: The Royal Australian Air Force and its missing from wars of the 20th Century.’ In Beyond Combat: Australian Military Activity away from the Battlefields, edited by Tristan Moss & Tom Richardson, 168–184. Sydney: NewSouth (University of New South Wales Press), 2018.

‘The YMCA, YWCA, and the “civilizing” of Australian servicemen in postwar Japan.’ In The YMCA at War: Collaboration and Conflict during the World Wars, edited by. Jeffrey C. Copeland & Yan Xu, 219–239. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018.

‘The New Zealand Army Staff College at Massey Agricultural College during the Second World War.’ Manawatu Journal of History 13 (2017): 53–62.

In addition, since 2007, I have completed more than a dozen biographical entries for the Australian Dictionary of Biography; and in the period 2001-07, when I was a historian with Australia’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs, I researched and wrote nine public history books relating to Australians at war. I have also presented more at than 40 conferences, public history talks, and workshops.

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