Australia's response to Communism
Evdokia Petrova with two Russian diplomatic couriers at Mascot Airport, Sydney, 1954
The web sites below contain information about Australia's response to the threat of communism both in Asia after WWII and in Australia.
- The Cold War and the Crisis in KoreaA brilliant site by the Department of Veterans' Affairs. It gives an overview of the crisis, provides timelines and maps, and explains why Australia became involved.
- The Korean War: An OverviewThe BBC's history website provides an overview of the so-called 'forgotten war'.
- Korean War 1950-53: Australian Involvement and ChronologyConcise information about Australia's involvement in the Korean war. Includes a time line.
- ANZUS TreatyFrom the National Museum of Australia
- The Communist Party Dissolution ActThis fact sheet covers both Menzies' reasons for the Act and the failure of the referendum.
- The Petrov AffairThe Petrov Affair exhibition was shown at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in 2003. This website outlines the key players and events.
Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War
The web sites below have a wealth of information pertaining to your study of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.
- Australian War Memorial - Vietnam WarAn overview of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, including further research guides, sources and links.
- The Vietnam War 1962-1972Contains audio recordings from the war itself and interviews with veterans.
- Battlefields in VietnamThis site has a history of the Vietnam war, a timeline, information about the Viet Cong guerrillas, a description of the air war and the battle for Khe Sanh, as well as links to related sources.
- National Centre for History EducationThe National Centre for History Education has provided primary source documents related to the reasons for Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. The website contains articles and cartoons.
- Australia and the Vietnam WarThe HNN team brings you yesterday's news today as they explore Australia's involvement in the Vietnam war, examining the public's initial reaction, the bloody conflict, a changing public mood and the aftermath and legacies of the most controversial conflict in which this country has ever participated.
- Australians in VietnamAustralia's involvement in, and reaction to, the war in Vietnam. Australia first sent troops to Vietnam in 1962, and increased this commitment, to include Operation Vietcong and Operation Full-On. By 1968, as Australian forces rose to over 8,000, opposition to conscription led to huge public protests. Australian forces withdrew in 1972, with a ceasefire signed in 1973.