Young Australian teacher Bruce Dowding arrived in Paris in 1938, planning only to improve his understanding of French language and culture. Secret Agent, Unsung Hero draws on decades of research to reveal, for the first time, his coming of age as a leader in escape and evasion during Second World War. Dowding helped exfiltrate hundreds of Allied servicemen from occupied France and paid the ultimate price. He was beheaded by the Nazis just after his 29th birthday in 1943.
Join Bruce’s nephew, prominent Australian lawyer and former Western Australian Premier Peter Dowding as he sheds light on this fascinating and tragic story.
Tea and coffee will be provided after the talk and copies of Secret Agent. Unsung Hero will be available for purchase.
Reviewed 01 August 2023