China’s New Maritime Archaeological Regulations are no April Fool’s Joke – the latest potential maritime security challenge in the Pacific.

In March 2022, China began its archaeological excavation of the shipwreck known as ‘Changjiangkou No 2’. Discovered in 2015, the wreck dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) is the largest and best-preserved wooden shipwreck yet found in China. Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, in the Hengsha Shoal northeast of Hengsha island … Continue reading China’s New Maritime Archaeological Regulations are no April Fool’s Joke – the latest potential maritime security challenge in the Pacific.

The (Shortlived) Nazi Republic of Nias in the Netherlands East Indies 1942

Nias Island off the coast of north Sumatra is one of Indonesia's best kept secrets.  It is literally the atypical tropical island paradise, complete with hundreds of kilometres of pristine beaches, and untouched coastlines. Further inland, you'll find misty mountains, glistening clear waterfalls and damp dark caves. But in this land of white sand, cooling … Continue reading The (Shortlived) Nazi Republic of Nias in the Netherlands East Indies 1942

STRIKE HARD AND DISAPPEAR – Anti-Japanese Resistance in British Malaya 1941-1943

(第二次世界大战期间中国在马来亚对日本的抵抗) Intelligence in prewar British Malaya was at best fragmentary and underfunded. Often undermined by personal rivalries and allegiances in the lead up to World War Two, what passed for British Intelligence in Southeast Asia relied heavily on the exclusivity of the 'old boy network'.[1] It was a network that laid the foundations of the … Continue reading STRIKE HARD AND DISAPPEAR – Anti-Japanese Resistance in British Malaya 1941-1943

The AWAS of ‘M’ Force WW2 – Australian Army Women of Intelligence 1945

In January 1945, five military women arrived in Dutch New Guinea. Two of them were Australian's Lieutenant Veronica Myers and Captain Mary McCauley, both members of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) (Fig. A). With them were AWAS Sergeants Ailsa Jarman, Beryl Godkin and Lorna Fox (Fig. B). Their arrivals were routine and there was … Continue reading The AWAS of ‘M’ Force WW2 – Australian Army Women of Intelligence 1945

*WARNING* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following may contain names, images and references to deceased persons.

HMAS ST FRANCIS - WW2 Australia's First Wartime All Aboriginal Crew Just before ten o'clock on Thursday morning 19 February 1942, hundreds of Japanese airplanes bombed Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. Despite wartime press censorship and the government urge to play down any threat, the fact that the Japanese had to either fly … Continue reading *WARNING* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following may contain names, images and references to deceased persons.

*WARNING* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following may contain names, images and references to deceased persons.

'THE INTENTION IS TO HOLD DARWIN' (1) A GLIMPSE INTO AUSTRALIA'S INDIGENOUS BLACK WATCH DURING WORLD WAR TWO. In a letter to the Editor of the Melbourne newspaper The Argus dated 8 January 1941, Mrs Helen V. Lane of Lilydale had warned that Darwin was going to become a more important wartime naval base than … Continue reading *WARNING* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following may contain names, images and references to deceased persons.

Bananas in the Mist: Mementos of SOE in the Far East

Buried deep in the National Archives of Australia is an inconspicuous paper document.  An example of a relatively worthless August 1945 minted and circulated 100 Yen banknote known as Japanese invasion currency. Nothing too significant in that, given that following the Japanese Garrison's surrender in Singapore by 20 August, all occupation currencies immediately became worthless. … Continue reading Bananas in the Mist: Mementos of SOE in the Far East