Dr Tom Lewis OAM

Northern Territory

Tom has combined careers as an author and military historian, high school teacher and military officer. He served as an intelligence analyst for nearly 20 years in the ADF, seeing service in Baghdad, Iraq, and in East Timor. He retired as a lieutenant-commander in 2013. His Doctorate, awarded in 2004, was in Strategic Studies, and his Masters degree was in American Literature and Cold War Politics.

Tom has combined careers as an author and military historian, high school teacher and military officer. He served as an intelligence analyst for nearly 20 years in the ADF, seeing service in Baghdad, Iraq, and in East Timor. He retired as a lieutenant-commander in 2013. His Doctorate, awarded in 2004, was in Strategic Studies, and his Masters degree was in American Literature and Cold War Politics.

Tom is the author or co-author of 17 books. His Order of Australia Medal was awarded for services to naval history. He has fulfilled several large contracts as a military historian, including as the lead advisor to The Borella Ride, the commemoration of Albert Borella VC’s ride to sign up in the NT in 1915, and with The Territory Remembers, the 75th anniversary commemoration of the first attack on the Top End.

Several of his books are connected with northern Australian military history, including Carrier Attack, Darwin’s Submarine I-124, and The Empire Strikes South. He has been a passionate advocate for a Victoria Cross for Teddy Sheean of HMAS Armidale fame, with Honour Denied, his biography of Sheean and an account of the ship’s last battle. Teddy’s VC has just been announced.

Tom’s latest book is Atomic Salvation: how the A-Bombs saved the lives of 32 million people (Big Sky 2020).

Tom is also an Alderman in Palmerston – sister city to Darwin – where he does some teaching at a nearby high school. His leisure pursuits include tournament chess and astronomy. He is married with two daughters.

Tom

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