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Enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the National Press Club with Canberra-based writer and researcher David Dufty in this informative-evening as he discusses his latest book, The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau: How Australia's signals-intelligence network helped with the Pacific War.

During the Second World War, Australia was home to a large, secret code-breaking organisation named Central Bureau. The Code-breakers at Central Bureau cracked the Japanese air force, army, and water transport codes, and in doing so changed the course of the Pacific War.

About half of Central Bureau’s personnel were Australian, and half were American. It was the largest of several intelligence agencies in the region that was made up of both Australians and Americans.

David Dufty will talk about Central Bureau, the role of Australians and Americans in its code-breaking achievements, and the nature of Australian-American relations at the Bureau. He will also reveal the full extent of cooperation in code-breaking and intelligence between the two nations during the war, not just in Central Bureau, but in a constellation of secret and little-known agencies, headquartered in Australia and operating across the Pacific.

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David Dufty is a Canberra-based writer and researcher. His latest book, The Secret Code-Breakers of CentralBureau: How Australia's signals-intelligence network helped with the Pacific War, was published by Scribe earlier this year. His previous book, How to Build an Android, described modern developments in robotics and artificial intelligence. David completed a psychology degree with honours at the University of Newcastle, has a PhD in psychology from Macquarie University, and has worked as a statistician and social researcher at the University of Memphis, Newspoll, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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