Our guest speaker this month is Darren Arnott, author of No regard for the Truth: Friendship and Kindness, Tragedy and Injustice Rowville’s Italian Prisoners of War.
In March 1946 Italian prisoners of war who had been captured several years earlier in northern Africa were interned in camps around Australia and waiting to be returned home. One Saturday evening, the commandant of the Rowville internment camp, Captain Waterston, shot and killed a prisoner, Rodolfo Bartoli, who he claims was attempting to escape. Rodolfo, a young prisoner from Florence, had met a local girl whom he was hoping to marry one day. Only days before the shooting, a government inquiry into the alleged mistreatment of prisoners at the Rowville camp had been announced. Was it really an escape attempt? Was Captain Waterston justified in his actions?
We’ll hear from Darren how he used original court transcripts and other official documents, and followed historic clues as an amateur historian to uncover this incredible story.
The business part of the meeting will be held after Darren’s presentation.
All are welcome to join us for lunch at 12.30 pm at the L’Arte Central Training Room. Lunches must be pre-ordered, so if you want to join us for lunch let our secretary know (firstname.lastname@example.org) so she can send you a menu and place your order. Payment for lunch is to be made on the day.
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