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Dr John Moremon PGDipMusStud, PhD, BA(Hons)

Senior Lecturer

Centre for Defence and Security Studies

I have lectured in Defence Studies, with specialisations in the history of warfare and war and society, since 2007. Prior to this, I was a public historian, including with the Australian War Memorial (2001) and Australia's Department of Veterans' Affairs (2001-06 and 2007); in addition, I was a senior researcher (defence and security) in Australia's Department of Parliamentary Services, providing research services for the Australian Parliament (2006-07).

I completed a BA(Hons) in History at Australia's University of New England and a PhD in Military History/War Studies at the University of New South Wales Canberra. I have since completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies at Massey University, linking professional and personal interests in public history and cultural heritage.

I teach on the Manawatu (Palmerston North) campus as well as delivering courses that are linked to the Albany (Auckland) campus by video-linked teaching rooms, as well as delivering distance education courses. In addition, I teach a history of warfare course to the New Zealand Army Officer Cadet School.

After an extended period of professional focus on academic unit administration and teaching, I resumed research active status and have pursued projects in the areas of military history, air forces and air power, and war and society. In addition to research publications listed, forthcoming publications include:

- a journal article on use of the "Tommy gun" (Thompson submachine gun) in jungle warfare, 1942;
- a book chapter on public memory of the US Marine Corps (WW2) in New Zealand and Australia;
- a journal article on aircraft recognition in the Pacific War of World War II; and
- book chapters on casualty notification (to families, in Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand) during world wars.

Recognition includes selection in 2010 for the competitive Summer Seminar in Military HIstory that was conducted by the Department of History, US Military Academy, West Point; and awarding of the Royal Australian Air Force Heritage Fellowship for 2018-20, for which I am researching a book on RAAF rotary wing (helicopter) operations during the Cold War.

I have contributed extensive university service, including as the Centre's Postgraduate Studies Coordinator (2008-13 and 2018-present), Doctoral Studies Coordinator (2012 and 2018-present), and Research Coordinator (2012); member of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CoHSS) Postgraduate Studies Committee (2009-12), Research Committee (2012), Examinations Committee (ad hoc, 2012-16), and College Board (2018-present); and member of the Massey University Pay and Equity Review Committee (2010-11) and Academic Board (2013-16). I have also been a panellist for the Australian Chief of Army's History Research Grants Scheme (2003-06 and 2017), a member of the editorial board of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Journal (from 2017), and a member (Massey representative) of the Palmerston North Defence Heritage Advisory Group (from 2019).

I am a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies, teaching at postgraduate and undergraduate levels (including to the New Zealand Army Officer Cadet School), and supervising research students at postgraduate and doctoral levels. I am currently our Centre's Postgraduate Studies Coordinator. My research crosses into three areas: air forces and air power, war and society, and the Pacific War of World War II. Recent publications relate to maritime air power, wartime casualty administration, and philanthropic support of armed forces. For an open source sample of scholarship, see a chapter on wartime loss and bereavement in New Directions in War and History.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 06 356 9099 Ext 84516
    Location: 5.29, Social Sciences Tower
    Campus: Manawatu

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies - Massey University (2018)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of New South Wales (2000)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - University of New England (1993)

Prizes and Awards

  • Royal Australian Air Force Heritage Awards - Category: Fellowship - Royal Australian Air Force (2018)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Military History

War and Society

Defence Studies

Air Power

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303): Biography (210304): Historical Studies (210300): Historical Studies not elsewhere classified (210399): History And Archaeology (210000):
Other Technology (109900):
Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori) (210313):
Policy and Administration (160500): Studies In Human Society (160000):
Technology (100000)

Keywords

Military History

Air Power

War and Society

Defence Studies

Research Outputs

Journal

Moremon, J., & Oliver, B. (2018). Air surveillance capability and the security of the exclusive economic zone. Journal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. 4(1), 71-84 Retrieved from http://www.airforce.mil.nz/downloads/pdf/apdc/rnzaf_journal_2018_web.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2017). The New Zealand Army Staff College at Massey Agricultural College during the Second World War. The Manawatu Journal of History. (13), 53-62
[Journal article]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2007). The professional soldier left high and dry: Military pensions of the Australian staff corps and its antecedents, 1903-1948. War and Society. 26(2), 27-50 Retrieved from http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/maney/war/2007/00000026/00000002/art00003
[Journal article]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2017). Book Review: New Zealand's western front campaign. New Zealand International Review. 42(4), 28-29Retreived from http://www.nziia.org.nz/new-zealand-international-review.aspx
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2013). Book review of: Phillip Bradley, Hell's Battlefield: The Australians in New Guinea in World War II, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2012. Australian Army Journal. X(1), 105-106
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2012). Book review of: A Tale of Three Battalions: Combat Morale and Battle Fatigue in the 7th Australian Infantry Brigade, Bougainville, 1944-45. Global War Studies: The Journal for the Study of Warfare and Weapons, 1919-1945. 9(1), 89-91
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2011). Book review: To Salamaua, by Bradley, P. (2010). Australian Army Journal. VIII(1), 128-129Retreived from http://www.army.gov.au/Our-future/LWSC/Our-publications/Australian-Army-Journal/Past-issues/~/media/Files/Our%20future/LWSC%20Publications/AAJ/2011Autumn/13-ToSalamauaByPhillipBrad.pdf
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2009). Book reveiw: R.A.A.F. Army Co-Operation units in the South West Pacific 1940-1946,R.A.A.F. 83 & 84 army co-operation wings : R.A.A.F. army co-operation units in the South West Pacific 1940 - 1946: 4 and 5 tactical reconnaissance squadrons : 16 and 17 air observation post flights : 9 and 10 local air supply units : School of Army co-operation : 1 air support unit, by Lever J. (2009). Sabretache. L(3)
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2009). Book review: Debate continued: A reveiw of The end of the pacific war: Reappraisals, by Hasegawa, T. (2007). H-Net. , 1-3Retreived from http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=23499
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2009). Book review: The search for the Sydney: How Australia's greatest maritime mystery was solved, by Mearns, D.L. (2009). New Zealand Journal of Defence Studies. (November), 45-45
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2009). Book review: The battle for Wau: New Guinea's frontline 1942-43, by Bradley, P. (2008). Australian Army Journal. VI(1), 226-228Retreived from http://www.army.gov.au/Our-future/LWSC/Our-publications/Australian-Army-Journal/Past-issues/~/media/Files/Our%20future/LWSC%20Publications/AAJ/2009Autumn/19-TheBattleForWauNewGuine.pdf
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2009). Book review: Contesting home defence: Men, women and the home guard in the second world war, by Summerfield, P., and Peniston-Bird, C. (2007). Minerva Journal of Women and War. 3(1), 106-108
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2008). Book review: A military history of Australia (3rd Edition), by Grey, J. (2008). New Zealand Journal of Defence Studies. 3(August), 39-43
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2008). Book review: Japanese army operations in the South Pacific area: New Britain and Papua campaigns, 1942-43, Translated by Bullard, S. (2007). The Journal of Pacific History. 43(1), 130-131Retreived from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00223340802054750
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2006). Book review: Possums and bird dogs: Australian army aviation's 161 reconnaisance flight in South Vietnam, by Nolan, P. (2006). Sabretache. 47(4), 51-51Retreived from http://www.mhsa.org.au/journal.html
[Book Review]Authored by: Moremon, J.

Book

Moremon, J. (2018). The Australian colonial press on the wars in the Taranaki and the Waikato. In J. Crawford, & I. McGibbon (Eds.) Tutu te Puehu: New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars. (pp. 446 - 469). Wellington: Steele Roberts Aotearoa
[Chapter]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2018). Search, Recovery, and “Closure”: The Royal Australian Air Force and its Missing from Wars of the 20th Century. In T. Moss, & T. Richardson (Eds.) Beyond Combat: Australian Military Activity away from the Battlefields. (pp. 168 - 184). Sydney: NewSouth (University of New South Wales Press)
[Chapter]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2018). The YMCA, YWCA, and the "Civilizing" of Australian Servicemen in Postwar Japan. In JC. Copeland, & Y. Xu (Eds.) The YMCA at War: Collaboration and Conflict during the World Wars. (pp. 219 - 239). Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books
[Chapter]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Oliver, B., & Moremon, J. (2017). Air surveillance capability and the security of the exclusive economic zone. In W. Hoverd, N. Nelson, & C. Bradley (Eds.) New Zealand National Security: Challenges, Trends and Issues. (pp. 199 - 220). Palmerston North, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2016). Aircrew loss and bereavement: Exploring casualty files of the Royal Australian Air Force, 1939-45. In T. Moss, & T. Richardson (Eds.) New Directions in War and History: Debating Military History. (pp. 88 - 103). Sydney, Au: Big Sky Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.(2005). Royal Australian Air Force in the Pacific War, 1941-1945. Canberra: Department of Veterans' Affairs
[Authored Book]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.(2005). New Britain 1941-1945. Canberra: Department of Veterans' Affairs
[Authored Book]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.(2005). Victory in the Pacific 1945. Canberra: Department of Veterans' Affairs
[Authored Book]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.(2003). Wau-Salamaua 1942-1943. Canberra: Department of Veterans' Affairs
[Authored Book]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.(2002). Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial. Canberra: Department of Veterans' Affairs
[Authored Book]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.(2002). A Bitter Fate: Australians in Malaya and Singapore 1941-1942. Canberra: Department of Veterans' Affairs
[Authored Book]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.(2002). Battle of the Beachheads: Buna, Gona, Sanananda 1942-1943. Canberra: Department of Veterans' Affairs
[Authored Book]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J., Stanley, P., Reid, R., & Anderson, N.(2002). Stolen Years: Australian Prisoners of War. Canberra: Department of Veterans' Affairs and Australian War Memorial
[Authored Book]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J., & Blackburn, K. (Eds.) (2006). Vietnam: Our war, our peace. Australia: Department of Veterans' Affairs
[Edited Book]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.(2006). Burma and India 1941-1945: Australians in the Pacific War. Australia: Department of Veterans' Affairs
[Authored Book]Authored by: Moremon, J.

Conference

Moremon, J.Aircrew losses and parents' grief in the Second World War. . Adelaide, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.It is with deep regret: Official language and casualty notification following the Libyan campaign, 1941. . Canberra, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.The Price of Air Support: Royal Australian Air Force Casualties and the Grief of Families. . University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.Search, recovery and “closure”: The Royal Australian Air Force and its missing from wars of the twentieth century. . Canberra, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.Learning air mobility: the influence of commercial aviation on military air supply along the Kokoda Trail, 1942. . Sydney, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC., & Oliver, B.New Zealand air power in the South Pacific and Southern Ocean. . Canberra, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.Reassessing aircrew loss and bereavement by means of administrative military history: Did the void of silence extend into the Second World War?. . Canberra, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.A stumbling block to good relations: Air power tensions over New Guinea 1942-43. . Canberra, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.Loss, grief, and New Zealanders in the Royal Australian Air Force, 1939-1945. . Dunedin, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.The post-afghanistan rebalancing: Lessons from World War II and the cold war. . Kingston, Canada
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2005, November). Oral History with Veterans. Presented at History Teachers Association of Australia Annual Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2005, November). Oral History with Vietnam Veterans. Presented at History Teachers Association of Victoria Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.Rabaul, Ambon and Timor. . Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.The Fall of Singapore. . Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2004). No ‘Black Magic’: Doctrine and Training for Jungle Warfare. The Foundations of Victory: The Pacific War, 1943-1944. (pp. 76 - 85). Canberra: Chief of Army's History Conference, The Foundations of Victory: The Pacific War, 1943-1944
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.(2004). "No Black Magic": Doctrine and Training for Jungle Warfare. Paper presented at the meeting of The Foundations of Victory: The Pacific War 1943-1944. Canberra, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.Defending Australia, 1942. . Sydney, Melbourne
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.Logistics and the Malayan campaign. . National University of Singapore, Singapore
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.A failure to learn?: Preparing for war in New Guinea in 1942. . Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.Australian Women’s Army Service Lae Contingent: Servicewomen and Veterans. . Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC."You cannot treat natives like troops”: Australian employment of Papuans on the Kokoda Track. . University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.War service and social advantage in the case of Geoffrey Sylvester Peren. . Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Nelson, N., & Moremon, J. (2012). Small nation defence and security education: New Zealand and Brunei experience. In International Society of Military Sciences [ISMS] Annual Conference: Abstracts, International Society of Military Sciences [ISMS] Annual Conference: Balancing domestic and international security requirement: International Society of Military Sciences
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Nelson, N., & Moremon, J.Small nation defence and security education: New Zealand and Brunei experience. . Kingston, Canada
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2011). Australian Reporting of the New Zealand Wars. In Tutu te Puehu: New Zealand's Wars of the Nineteenth Century: Abstracts(pp. 7 - 7). , Tutu te Puehu: New Zealand's Wars of the Nineteenth Century New Zealand: Massey University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.R.I.P. New Zealand Military History. . Hamilton, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.‘Courage', 'Endurance', 'Mateship', 'Sacrifice: A reflection on four words and the mythologizing of Kokoda. . Melbourne, VIC, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.Australian Reporting of the New Zealand Wars. . Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.Ways of war: The United States and Australian Armies at Buna, New Guinea. . Chicago, IL, USA
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.Massey University and professional military education in New Zealand. . Ottawa, ON, Canada
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.'Battle for Australia': Reflections on public history in Australia's Department of Veterans' Affairs. . Hamilton, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.Turning points and national memories of war: Australia and New Zealand. . Calgary, AB, Canada
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2009). After 'the girls' came home: Ex-servicewomen of Australia's Wartime Women's Auxiliaries. In M. Crotty (Ed.) When the Soldiers Return: November 2007 Conference Proceedings. (pp. 203 - 211). Australia: When the Soliders Return Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2008). When 'the girls' came home: Life after the Women's Auxiliary Services of World Ware II. In When the Soldiers Return: November 2007 Conference Proceedings, When the Soldiers Return Australia: University of Queensland, School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.Medical treatment and support of ex-POWs (of the Japanese) in the immediate post-war period. . Canberra, ACT, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC.(2007). Cultures of remembrance [session chair]. . University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD
[Conference Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.When 'the girls' came home: Life after the Women's Auxiliary Services of World War II. . Brisbane, QLD, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2007). Royal Australian Air Force POWs of the Japanese. Report on the Seminar in Australia: Towards a Better Understanding: Reflections of the Experiences of Australian Prisoners of War of the Japanese. Tokyo, Japan: Towards a Better Understanding: Reflections of the Experiences of Australian Prisoners of War of the Japanese
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J.Royal Australian Air Force prisoners of war of the Japanese. Paper presented at the meeting of Outline of the Speeches. Canberra, ACT, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2006, October). Keynote address: The Vietnam war. Presented at History Teachers' Association of Victoria [HTAV] Annual Conference - Frontline: The state we're in. Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Moremon, J.

Other

Moremon, J. (2019). Wright, Harold John (Harry) (1919–1991). : Australian Dictionary of Biography (National Centre of Biography, Australian National University)
[Internet publication]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2019, April). Lost Airmen: The Air War and Whanganui Families in the Second World War. Presented at Alexander Heritage and Research Library, Whanganui.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2018). Rhoades, Rodney (1909-1991). National Centre for Biography, Australian National University
[Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2017). No 5 Squadron. (pp. 22 - 27). RAAF Association
[Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2016). The 4th Squadron AFC. (pp. 16 - 20). RAAF Association
[Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2016). Stronach Nellie Elizabeth (1892-1991). National Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
[Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2010). Air Force historical research agency.
[Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2016). Online education in Australia and New Zealand. Sage
[Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2016). Showers Henry Arthur (1899-1991). National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
[Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2016). Rankin Ronald (Ron) (1914-1991). National Centre for Biography, Australian National University
[Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2016). Henderson, James Robert (Bob) (1916-1991). National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
[Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2012). Spencer Margaret Joan (1912-1990). National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
[Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2007). Allen, Leslie Charles (Clarence) (1916-1982). (pp. 14 - 14). Melbourne University Press
[Other]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, J. (2011, June). General Harding and memories of the war in New Guinea. In Franklin Area Historical Society, Franklin, OH, United States.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Moremon, JC. (2006, April). The World Wars: Local and Family History Sources (presented to Blue Mountains Family History Society, Springwood, Australia).
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Moremon, J.

Report

Lumb, M., Bennett, S., & Moremon, J. (2007). Commonwealth members of parliament who have served in war. Parliamentary Library, Parliament of Australia.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Moremon, J.
Harris-Rimmer, S., & Moremon, J. (2006). Defence legislation amendment bill 2006. ( Report No. 48). Parliamentary Library.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Moremon, J.

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

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