Phillip Schuler reported the Gallipoli campaign for The Age. His bravery was legendary. His dispatches were evocative and compassionate. He captured the heroism and horror for Australian newspaper readers in ways the meticulous yet often dry prose of Charles Bean could not.
Gallipoli also propelled Schuler on a collision course with his former friend and Age colleague Keith Murdoch, who made his name lobbying against the campaign after a brief visit to Anzac. Unlike Murdoch, Schuler was convinced Turkey could have been defeated – and the Great War brought to an earlier end – if Australia and Britain had held their nerve.
After his classic account of the campaign - Australia in Arms - was completed in early 1916, Schuler abandoned the relative safety of a correspondent’s job and joined the AIF as a humble soldier. In June 1917, one of the shining lights of his generation was killed in Flanders. He was 27 years old.
In July 2016, Melbourne Press Club CEO Mark Baker launched his new biography of the war correspondent, Phillip Schuler: The Remarkable Life of One of Australia’s Greatest War Correspondents. Helping him launch was celebrated journalist and historian Les Carlyon.
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