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Expressions of interest are sought from individuals who wish to take part in an international research project undertaken by Monash University in partnership with Macquarie University.

Over 100,000 Australians lived in Asian garrison communities between 1945 and 1988. By studying overseas military communities from the perspective of both Australia and the host societies, this project will provide a new account of the influences on regional partnerships.

As part of this project we are seeking expressions of interest from members of the following communities:

  1. Ex Australian service personnel and their families who resided in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong between 1945 and 1988 as part of an RAAF or Army military community. You may have been a student or staff at RAAF School Penang, or a serving member at RAAF Base Butterworth, or Terendak Camp in Malacca or on Singapore as a member of 1RAR or 2RAR. More information…
  2. Malaysian and Singaporean employees of Australians who lived on Penang island, near RAAF Base Butterworth, near Terendak Camp in Malacca or on Singapore. You may have been employed in a civilian capacity by the military bases, or privately by Australian families to work as domestic servants. More information…

The project is aiming to offer the first detailed analysis of these communities as major sites of cultural contact, integrating the experiences of service personnel, their families and host societies into the history of regional relationships. It will integrate the experiences of military personnel, their families and Asian communities into shared histories of regional relations. In so doing, it will facilitate a more nuanced understanding of political and cultural change in our region in the second half of the twentieth century, as well as an insight into the dynamics underpinning significant regional relationships.

Click here to make an expression of interest as Ex Australian service personnel and their families
Click here to make an expression of interest as Malaysian and Singaporean employees of Australians

MUHREC Approval CF16/2102 – 2016001043 – Australia’s Asian garrisons: overseas military communities and regional engagement, 1945-1988

Header image: “RAAF in Changi, Singapore, 1950”, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria