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‘Over-Sexed, Over-Paid and Over Here’: The US Marines in Wartime Victoria’


Darian-Smith, K and Jenzen, R, Over-Sexed, Over-Paid and Over Here': The US Marines in Wartime Victoria', Gold Museum, pp. 2-12 (2013) [Repeat Curated Exhibition]

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Battle-weary and in poor health following the gruelling Guadalcanal campaign, the men of the 1st Marine Division, United States Marine Corps were shipped to Melbourne in January 1943 for nine months recuperation leave. Greeted with warm hospitality, these 15,000 young American men found a ‘home away from home’. They formed enduring friendships with Australian families and romantic attachments with young Australian women. Drawing on original research and incorporating oral histories, memoirs and letters, this exhibition examines the little-known story of the ‘friendly invasion’ of Melbourne by the U.S. Marines during World War II.

Item Details

Item Type:Repeat Curated Exhibition
Keywords:history, Australia
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:126558
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-06-18
Last Modified:2018-06-18

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