Lunchbox / Soapbox
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In the fight against the Japanese during World War II, the most disturbing events endured by the Australian soldiers occurred at Sandakan, in North Borneo.
Join Sydney-based historian Paul Ham, as he recounts their barbaric and long-forgotten ordeal – a horrifying story that has largely remained buried but which, he argues, demands to be told.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.
Featuring some of our most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.
Paul Ham is a Sydney-based historian. His previous books include Hiroshima Nagaski (October 2011), Vietnam: The Australian War (November 2007) and Kokoda (November 2004). Vietnam won the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize for Non-Fiction (2008), a Walkley Award and two other state literary awards.
We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.
With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.
If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.