Volume X - The Australians at Rabaul. The Capture and Administration of the German Possessions in the Southern Pacific (10th edition, 1941

Accession Number RCDIG1069949
Parent Collection ID RCDIG1069749
Collection type Digitised Collection
Title Volume X - The Australians at Rabaul. The Capture and Administration of the German Possessions in the Southern Pacific (10th edition, 1941
Object types Book
Maker Mackenzie, Seaforth Simpson
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This volume describes the first Australian fighting in the First World War. In September 1914, while the Australian Imperial Force was still being formed, the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force under Colonel William Holmes captured Rabaul. Within three months, Holmess forces had garrisoned the remainder of Germanys Pacific possessions south of the Equator, stretching from northeast mainland New Guinea to the Admiralty Islands, New Ireland, Bougainville, and Nauru. This volume presents the background to and a detailed account of the capture of German New Guinea, and it also covers many aspects of administration until 1921, when Australias civilian rule of those terrirories began as a League of Nations mandate. This story of Australias military occupation up north is crucial to our understanding of this countrys role as a colonial power and of W.M. Hughess campaign at the Paris Peace Conference to shore up the post-war defence of Australias interests in the Pacific. It is also pertinent to the history of the infamous White Australia Policy.
Introduction by H Nelson and M Piggott, to the University of Queensland Press edition.

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