Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

ACT: 2018 Leo Mahony Bursary winner, Ms Natalie Sambhi: Rationalising difficult histories: the legacies of East Timor in the Indonesian Military's collective memory

  • 11 Apr 2019
  • 18:00 - 19:00
  • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek


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The Leo Mahony Bursary is a significant element of the USI program. It is awarded annually to a doctoral scholar enrolled in an ACT university and studying in the field of national security and defence. It commemorates the memory and service of founding National Secretary of RUSI-A and long-time USI member and Counsellor, Mr Leo Mahony.

Connecting recipients with USI members is an important element of the Bursary.  We achieve this in a number of ways: recipients are presented with their award at our Annual Members' Dinner; appointed Honorary members for 12 months; and invited to attend our events and functions. They are also asked to give a presentation on their work.

The Council is delighted to announce that our 2018 Leo Mahony Bursary winner, Ms Natalie Sambhi, will give a presentation on her work in the Spender Theatre at the Australian Defence College, Weston Creek, on Thursday 11 April 2019, commencing at 1800 hours.  

Natalie was the stand out candidate in a strong field. The judging panel described her thesis entitled "Military culture, collective memory and “defeat”: the legacies of East Timor for the Indonesian military” as highly innovative and potentially offering groundbreaking insights. 

Attendance at this event is free, but registration is required.  You can register here, or by contacting Mickey in our office (T: 02 6266 3446; E:  

Members and guests are reminded that photo ID is required for access to the Weston Creek campus.

USI of the ACT provides the Leo Mahony Bursary with the support of Rolls Royce.

Our speaker program is sponsored by pwc.  

(Photo: Sambhi;  Bio: ANU)

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