John Knott

John Knott

Position: Visitor
School and/or Centres: School of History


Phone: 61252722

Location: HC Coombs Building, Room 2101

Researcher profile:

I began my working life as an engineer. Returning to university study in my 20s and fell in love with the study of history. I have taught at the University of New England and at the ANU. I have wide-ranging historical interests: 19th and 20th century Australian and British history; history of the Second World War; history of Technology.

I currently supervise Masters and Doctoral students in 20th century Australian history, history of the Second World War and history of technology.

British and Australian history; history of the Second World War; history of technology, history of motoring and road safety.

Areas of expertise:

  • Biography
  • History And Philosophy Of Engineering And Technology
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History)

I am currently researching the history of motoring in Australia with a particular focus on the history of road safety. I am also working on a forgotten aspect of Australia's Second World War history: Australian POWs in Italy. I am currently researching the career Australian Army Private, John Desmond Peck, who was captured on Crete in the Second World War, escaped from German and Italian POW camps on a number of occasions, helped over 1,000 other allied POWs escape to Switzerland following the Italian Armistice and ended the war working for the British SOE leading Italian partisans fighting Italian Fascists and German troops in northern Italy.

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