Royal Tongan Marines Hair Day

Place Oceania: Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal
Accession Number ART94140
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 76.6 cm x 57.4 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen, brush, ink and wash on paper
Maker eX de Medici
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, Pacific Islands: Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal
Date made 2009
Conflict Solomon Islands (RAMSI), 2003-2013
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

The military component of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) is a Combined Task Force (CTF) that is comprised of troops from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga. The Royal Tongans are trained by the United States Marines. They have adopted many of the Marines rituals, including the weekly hair cut of a flat top and closely cropped sides. This haircut is taking place outside one of the accommodation demountables at the Guadalcanal Beach Resort (GBR). GBR is the main base for the military and police forces of RAMSI.