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Jonathan Butler: The Boy in the Dress

Thu 8 Sep, 1pm

Jonathan Butler‘s The Boy in the Dress is a gripping family memoir that investigates the unsolved 1944 murder of his relative Warwick Meale, a young serviceman in Queensland. Seeing a photo of five-year-old Warwick in a dress and hearing family rumours that he was gay propelled Butler on a decade-long journey unearthing images, archival military and police records, and studies that shed fresh light on Australia’s queer and military history. Butler shares insight into the archival research he conducted for his remarkable new book, in conversation with writer, historian and co-host of Archive Fever, Yves Rees.

In partnership with Public Record Office Victoria


1 hour



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