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By Jeffrey Grey

An army background of Australia presents a close chronological narrative of Australia's wars throughout greater than 2 hundred years, set within the contexts of defence and strategic coverage, the improvement of society and the effect of warfare and armed forces provider on Australia and Australians. It discusses the improvement of the militia as associations and examines the connection among governments and army coverage. This booklet is a revised and up-to-date variation of 1 of the main acclaimed overviews of Australian army heritage on hand. it's the simply complete, single-volume therapy of the position and improvement of Australia's army and their involvement in battle and peace around the span of Australia's glossy historical past. It concludes with attention of Australian involvement in its sector and extra generally because the terrorist assaults of September eleven and the waging of the worldwide warfare on terror.

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Many were over-reactions fuelled by the slow and primitive nature of communications, while others were an extension of wars or periods of international tension between Britain and other colonial powers such as Russia and France. That the colonies were vulnerable was not pure fantasy on the colonists’ part. The famous incident in November 1839 when two American warships entered Sydney Harbour in darkness and anchored without being detected until next morning illustrated the potential for raiders to wreak havoc among colonial sea-borne trade, and to hold the settlements ‘hostage’ under threat of bombardment.

Ought plainly to devolve upon [the colonists] themselves’. Local expenditure on defence in the Australian colonies in 1861 had varied from approximately £10 000 in New South Wales and £23 408 5s. in Victoria to just £800 in Queensland The British Period, 1788–1870 23 and nothing at all in Western Australia. In implementing the Mills Committee’s report, the Colonial Secretary advised the colonies in 1863 that London proposed to allot the Australian colonies fifteen companies of infantry to be spread between them in designated fashion, for which service the colonies would pay a specified annual sum of £40 per head.

The Admiralty was also fearful that a colonial naval vessel, through inexperience or bravado, might embroil the Royal Navy in an international incident. Yet for much of the period under discussion the Royal Navy played a constant but undramatic role in the defence of the Australian colonies. From 1821 a ship was detached routinely from the East India Station for service at Sydney, and at times the number of ships so detached increased as the navy was called on to perform various functions in regard to the infant colonies.

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