Did you ever live in Asia as part of a RAAF or Army community?
Between 1946 and 1988, Australia established and maintained a number of overseas military bases in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. A team of researchers from Monash, Macquarie and Nanyang University (Singapore) has received funding from the Australian Research Council to undertake a study of this relatively overlooked aspect of Australia’s regional engagement. As well as examining the official record of Australia’s Asian garrisons, the project is concerned with the social and cultural history of these communities and the lived experience of service personnel and their families.
We are interested in contacting Australians who were resident in these communities – including members of the forces, their partners or spouses and children – and asking them to complete a questionnaire about their experiences, memories and opinions about this time in their lives.
If you wish to provide information about your experiences in Australia’s military communities, we would be very appreciative. If you choose to take part, we will ask you to complete an online questionnaire.
If you would like to express an interest in completing a questionnaire, please contact the project officer, Dr Jodie Boyd, at: Jodie.Boyd@monash.edu. To leave a telephone message, please call (03) 9905 2182. (Download flyer)
About the questionnaire
Prior to completing the questionnaire, you will be asked to give your written consent to participating in the project. This consent form can be completed as part of the online survey, or, if completing the survey on paper, a separate form for providing consent will be sent to your address, or provided as an email attachment. This consent form provides a series of options about whether you would like to fully identifiable, de-identified in part or remain totally anonymous. You can withdraw your consent to participate at any time. If at any stage after completing and submitting the questionnaire, you decide that you would like to withdraw your consent, you can notify the project team in writing and the data will not be used.
The questionnaire will take a minimum of 30 minutes to complete, but we do encourage participants to be as full as possible in their answers if they so desire. If you provide longer responses to some questions, the survey may take a little more time. For those who prefer hard-copy forms, it will be possible to mail out a paper version of the questionnaire, which can be completed and returned to the research team’s project officer. We do not anticipate that the questionnaire will cause you any personal discomfort. If you choose to disclose information of a sensitive or personal nature, either about yourself or another individual, you can choose to remain anonymous, as will any reference to third parties.
The link to the questionnaire will be sent to you after you have read an explanatory statement and completed the consent form.
If you would like to express an interest in completing a questionnaire, please contact the project officer, Dr Jodie Boyd, at: Jodie.Boyd@monash.edu. To leave a telephone message, please call (03) 9905 2182.
MUHREC Approval CF16/2102 – 2016001043 – Australia’s Asian garrisons: overseas military communities and regional engagement, 1945-1988
Header image: “Butterworth, Malaya, 1966” [cropped]. Courtesy Australian War Memorial, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/MAL/66/0097/02/. Image licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/au/