Australia’s Asian garrisons and regional engagement, 1945-1988

This project examines Australia’s overseas military communities, which saw over 100,000 Australian service personnel and their families reside in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong between 1945 and 1988. By undertaking the first detailed analysis of these communities as major sites of cultural contact, the project seeks to integrate the experiences of service personnel, their families and host societies into the history of regional relationships. It is anticipated that the project will expand and reinterpret the history of Australia’s engagement with Asia, and extend the international scholarship on military bases, by focusing on the role of overseas garrisons in bilateral and regional relations.

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Christina Twomey; Kevin Blackburn; Agnieszka Sobocinska; Ernest Koh; Matthew Augustine; Sean Brawley
History, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies; NCAS