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Over-Paid, Over-Sexed and Over-Here? U.S. Marines in Wartime Melbourne 1943


Darian-Smith, K and Jenzen, R, Over-Paid, Over-Sexed and Over-Here? U.S. Marines in Wartime Melbourne 1943, City Gallery, Australia, pp. 7 (2010) [Catalogue]

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Battle-weary and in poor health following the Guadalcanal campaign, an important turning point in the Allied fight against the Japanese, the men of the First Marine Division, United States Marine Corps were shipped to Melbourne for nine months recuperation in January 1943. 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 U.S. Marines’ ‘friendly invasion’ of Melbourne during World War II.

Item Details

Item Type:Catalogue
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:126560
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-06-18
Last Modified:2018-06-18

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