World War I: The Irish Contribution

13 May 2013

Funded by the Irish Government's Emigrant Support Programme, 'Irish Anzacs' is a major new research project for the Global Irish Studies Centre. The project is being led by Dr Jeff Kildea (picture right) author of the book Anzacs and Ireland. We're pleased to welcome on board a new research assistant Jo Kildea, who is working to construct a database of Irish-born members of the Australian Imperial Force. Jo graduated from UNSW in 2006 with First Class Honours in Austraian History. Since completing her BA, Jo has worked as a research assistant at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne and for author Thomas Keneally. The Irish Anzacs project is one of great personal and academic interest for Jo, who has Irish ancestry and wrote her honours thesis on the plight of Australian prisoners of war during World War I.