The story of five young Australian sailors seeking adventure in a far off war who fell foul of British Imperial authority and sparked one of the most controversial events in the annals of the RAN. Mutineers explores the use and abuse of power by our military and political leaders at a critical time in our nation’s history and reveals how leaders missed an opportunity to take control of our national destiny. Five young sailors, including a decorated war hero, were ringleaders of the most controversial mutiny in the annals of the Royal Australian Navy in Fremantle Harbour on 1 June 1919. Severe gaol sentences handed out by a naval court martial sparked a political furore several months before a Federal election. The two most senior naval officers in the RAN threatened to resign when the Hughes Government pressured the Admiralty in London to allow the sailors to be released early in time for Christmas. Three of the sailors went on to serve again in World War Two in the Middle East, Malaya and New Guinea. One became a prisoner of war of the Japanese in Changi and another served with the US Small Boat Service. All but one lived long and happy lives.
Robert Hadler lives in Melbourne. He is a former award-winning economics journalist who has worked in the Commonwealth Public Service, as a political adviser, a lobbyist for industry groups and senior executive roles. Since 2015, he has been a Director on Government, corporate and not-for-profit boards. His passion is writing about Australian history, and in particular controversial events that sparked military, legal and political challenges and triggered reforms that changed the future direction of the nation. He is the author of Dark Secrets: The True Story of Murder in HMAS Australia (2020).
* Robert Hadler expertly dives into Australian military history and explores the true story of five young sailors accused of leading the most controversial mutiny in the history of the Royal Australian Navy. * A richly researched and riveting read for history and military buffs about the teenagers who became heroes and villains – and the role they played in two world wars serving their country. * It is only now, with new details provided by their proud descendants, that the full story can be told for the first time in Mutineers. * Robert is a proven publicity powerhouse with his 2020 release Dark Secrets garnering radio, newspaper and online reviews and interviews Australia-wide. * National Press Club launch (April 2021). * Pre-Anzac Day release with promotion through to the anniversary of the mutiny on 1 June. * Coverage includes The Australian, The West Australian, The Mercury, the Canberra Times, the Australian War Memorial, the Navy Historical Society of Australia, The Sydney Institute and more. * The National Press Club to launch the book April 2021. * National Media Coverage across Nine Media, SBS, ABC and Sky News. * Extracts in News Ltd and Fairfax publications, The Australian, Herald Weekly Times, The Guardian, The West Australian, Newscastle Herald. * Promotion with Australian Historical Association & Societies, interviews, articles, guest speaking events, advertisement in newsletters and website campaign with Military History and Heritage Victoria, Australian History Association, Australian Naval Historical Association, Australian War Memorial and The Sydney Institute. * Robert Hadler will be a quest speaker on the NSHA Speakers Program 2021. * Author social media campaign to Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.