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Corporate entry Australian Army (1903 - )

Defence Administration and Army


Australia's military history stretches back to the arrival of marines with the first fleet in 1788. For many years throughout the following century each state administered their own defence forces. In 1899, in the lead up to federation, moves were made to unify Australia's military. The Defence Act of 1903 achieved this goal.


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  • Bassett, Jan, Guns and Brooches: Austalian Army Nursing from the Boer War to the Gulf War (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992), 271 pp. Details
  • Gurner, Colin M., The Royal Australian Army Medical Corps: 1945-1975 (Prahran East: 2003), 137 pp. Details
  • Kenny, Catherine, Captives: Australian Army Nurses in Japanese Prison Camps (Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1986). Details
  • Likeman, Robert, Men of the Ninth: a History of the 9th Australian Field Ambulance, 1919-1994 (McCrae (Vic.): Slouch Hat Publications, 2003), 224 pp. Details
  • Madden, B. J., Hernia Bay: Sydney's Wartime Hospitals at Riverswood (Campsie (N.S.W.): Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2001), 208 pp. Details
  • Ollif, Lorna, Colonel Best and her soldiers: the story of the 33 years of the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (Hornsby, New South Wales: Ollif Publishing Company, 1985), 250 pp. Details
  • Sweeney, Tony, Malaria frontline: Australian Army research during World War II (Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press, 2003), 354 pp. Details
  • Tyquin, Michael, Little by Little: a Centenary History of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (Sydney: Australian Military History Publications, 2003), 684 pp. Details
  • Tyquin, Michael B., Gallipoli: the Medical War: the Australian Army Medical Service in the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915 (Sydney: New South Wales University Press, 1993), 304 pp. Details
  • Wisdom, J. C., Forty Years of Army Design (Maribyrnong, Victoria: Engineering Development Establishment, 1979), 91 pp. Details

Edited Books

  • Goodman, Rupert ed., Our War Nurses: the History of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps, 1902-1988 (Brisbane: Boolarong Publications, 1988), 294 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Combe, Eric, 'Army Aviation History', Army Magazine, 2 (1989), 38-39. Details
  • Harris, K, '"Giving the Dope": Australian Army Nurse Anaesthetists during World War I', Australian Military Medicine, 12 (3) (2003), 138-143. Details
  • Pearn, John, 'Civilian Legacies of Army Health', Health and History, 6 (2) (2004), 4-17. Details
  • Taylor, Jessica, 'War and the Professional: the Australian Army Veterinary Corps', Journal of the Australian War Memorial, 24 (April) (1994), 26-33. Details


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