Writers at Stanton - John Fahey
23-Aug-2018 • 1pm
Australia's First Spies - John Fahey
Australia’s First Spies is the first systematic account of Australian intelligence operations in the early 20th century, offering fascinating insights into Australian politics and international relations. Australia was born with its eyes wide open. Although politicians spoke publicly of loyalty to Britain and the empire, in secret they immediately set about protecting Australia's interests from the Germans, the Japanese ‐ and from Britain itself. As an experienced intelligence officer, John Fahey knows how the security services disguise their activities within government files. He has combed the archives to compile the first account of Australia's intelligence operations in the years from Federation to the end of World War II. Fahey tells the stories of dedicated patriots who undertook dangerous operations to protect their new nation, despite a lack of training and support. He shows how the early adoption of advanced radio technology by Australia contributed to the war effort in Europe. Indeed, the book illustrates that Australia always has been a far savvier operator in international affairs than much of the historical record suggests and offers a glimpse into the secret history of the nation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr John Fahey worked at Defence Signals Directorate (1988‐1996) and served in a number of regimental and intelligence postings during his service in the British and Australian armies between 1975 and 2014. He is currently an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University, and managing director of Cynergex Group, a medical education and services company.