He is the greatest Australian legend – this is his true story. The Digger.
At the end of the nineteenth century soldiers from Australia came under fire in Africa – they were the first of one and a quarter million Australian men and women to serve their country in war and conflict and in every continent except the one they called home.
Amongst them were the first of more than one hundred thousand to die in the service of Australia.
The chronicle of Australia’s soldiers from then till now is full of heroism, humour, mateship and larrikinism. It has bred perhaps the most enduring Australian icon – the digger. This is his story.
The digger has enriched our language by bringing words back from his campaigns – much Australian slang derives from Arabic and Australian service in Egypt and Palestine, from India through serving alongside British regiments, and even from heavily corrupted French (the Western Front) as well as from the digger’s own experience which has given us, apart from much else, the idea of the “furphy”.
What the press are saying
“…comprehensive and compelling…a great way to cap off Anzac Day”
“Pigot tells a good yarn.”
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