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As Editor of Sabretache I wish to join his family, the Victorian Branch and the rest of the Society in mourning the death of Society Life Member Barry Videon. Barry had over 50 articles published in Sabretache between 1958 and 1987. His last contribution was in the April-June 1991 edition when he reviewed The third brother by Chris Coulthard-Clark. I first met Barry while a member of the Victorian Branch between 1975 and 1985 and he always had kind word with me when we met in later years. He will be missed.

One page articles of about 600 words length are welcome since they fit nicely after articles with an odd number of pages. Major articles should start on the right hand side page but unfortunately not all articles fill an even number of pages. However this is not the reason why I have three one pages articles in this edition. Two of the articles on Timothy O'Hea VC and the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross are in fact book reviews.

John Glanfield send me a draft copy of the Bravest of the Brave and I was pleased to make several suggestions that he accepted. He asked me if I would like provide an endorsement and I provided some comments and he used "packed with revealing facts" on the back cover. It was the first time I was ever quoted on the back cover of a book!

About the same time I received from Elizabeth Reid a copy of The singular journey of O'Hea's cross. I had been in e-mail contact with Elizabeth for some time as she discussed her hypotheses that Timothy O'Hea VC had died in Ireland and that it was his brother John who was lost near Cooper's Creek. I found Elizabeth's story fascinating and after reading the book wrote to her that "This is a really remarkable story. I found the book very easy to read and follow, the evidence was well presented and the hypothesis not unreasonable." When asked if my comments could included on the reprint I was pleased to agree.

Since my name appears on the back cover of both books, I felt uncomfortable including the reviews in the book review section. I have therefore included both as separate articles.

Just as this issue was going to press our Federal Secretary, Kristen Alexander, e-mailed me a pdf of the cover of her biography of Clive Caldwell air ace. It is being published by Allen and Unwin and is expected to be published on 7 July. I have included some details on page 58. My congratulations to Kristen at the forthcoming publication. I should also mention that Alexander Fax Booksellers, quality second hand and new military history books is again supporting the society with paid advertisements in each issue of Sabretache for 2006. They give a 10% discount to MHSA members so you might like to order her book from her bookstore. Do not forget to mention you are a MHSA member and I am quite sure she will be pleased to sign the copy or copies you purchase.

I am looking forward to next month's biennial conference in Adelaide. If you are attending the conference and are thinking of your tenth submission to Sabretache or your first contribution feel free to discuss it with me. If you are unable to attend the Adelaide conference I would also be pleased to hear from you. My e-mail address is anthony.stannton@pcug.org.au

Anthony Staunton

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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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