Edward Cairns of Ardrossan: from schoolboy to scholar

Monday 21 March 2016

Edward Cairns of Ardrossan: from schoolboy to scholar

Presented by Dr Robert Kimber

Edward Cairns was barely 21 when he died at Gallipoli. He left behind in his dugout on Cheshire Ridge a modest exercise book in which he had kept a diary of the events he experienced, the places he saw and the people he met when he went overseas in 1915 to fight with the 1/27th Battalion. Dr Kimber wrote about Edward Cairns’ life in Love from Eddie, the intention being to explore the background of the man, particularly in the Ardrossan community.

Robert has spent most of his life as a scholar in Education and Drama, eventually retiring from the University of Adelaide in 1999. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to the USA completing a PhD in ritual studies of select Native American people. He has carried out extensive work in Australian studies and has lectured in the field. He has also written for ABC radio and the stage and has an assortment of published works in Theatre Studies and the performance rites of Indigenous peoples.

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Edward Cairns of Ardrossan: from schoolboy to scholar

Presented by Dr Robert Kimber

Edward Cairns was barely 21 when he died at Gallipoli. He left behind in his dugout on Cheshire Ridge a…

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