Rare mind made lasting impression on military history

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WARREN Perry, whose extraordinary memory, meticulous research and painstaking efforts to ensure accuracy and depth to his writings ensured his place as a pre-eminent historian, has died at an RSL nursing home in Bundoora. He was 101.

His first contribution to the canvas of Australian military literature was an article published in December 1941 in the Australian Quarterly. Four books followed: centennial histories of the Science Museum of Victoria (1972), and the Naval and Military Club (1981), a History of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat (1984), and the biography of Professor R. H. Samuel (1997).

Perry's special interests - Sir John Monash, and on the civilian side, Sir Frederick Shedden, and those Australian officers who attained field rank - were expressed in about 85 articles published in a range of military journals, with a further 10 contributions to the Australian Dictionary of Biography....

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