Chief of Army History Conference

Chief of Army History Conference

The 2019 Chief of Army (CA) History Conference was held on Thursday, 28 November 2019 at the Australian Defence Force Academy's Adams Auditorium. The conference’s theme was 'An Army of Influence' and looked at our involvement in the region throughout Army's history.

2019 Chief of Army History Conference Poster
2019 Chief of Army History Conference Poster
2019 Chief of Army Conference Poster


The Chief of Army's History Conference has traditionally been held annually since 1994 and has grown into one of the pre-eminent military history conferences in Australia. As it evolved, the conference has attracted world class speakers from Australia and around the world to deliver the latest research on themes with relevance to either the history of, or operational issues affecting, the Australian Army. 


2019's conference theme was entitled 'An Army of Influence: The Australian Army's Connection with the Region. Speakers included:

  • Professor John Blaxland, ANU
  • Colonel (Dr) John Connery, Australian Army
  • Professor Peter Dean, UWA
  • Professor David Horner, ANU
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Dr) Dayton McCarthy, Australian Army
  • Dr Tristan Moss, UNSW (Canberra)
  • Colonel Graeme Sligo, Australian Army
  • Professor Craig Stockings, AWM.

The Chief of Army's History Conference provides the opportunity for current serving personnel, invited guests and the general public to hear world recognised experts in their fields speak on a range of historical issues and examples relevant to Army’s service. Where possible, papers offer direct parallels with events the Australian Army has experienced, or seek to provide an historical baseline for Army's future planning by its next generation of leaders. The conference also provides Army with a foundation for understanding the military art as practiced by different nations through a number of conflicts. 

The papers presented at each conference have reinforced that some problems are perennial, and that it is better to arm oneself against repeating these mistakes by learning the lessons from the past. Army views this conference as an opportunity to use history to better educate and prepare its people for the challenges they may face in the future, as well as to provide guiding principles from which to approach planning for future operational, administrative or modernisation requirements. 

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