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Kampong Australia: the colonial reckonings of the Australian military community in Penang, 1955-1988

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This thesis explores the experience of establishing and maintaining a large Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base on the northwest coast of the Malay Peninsula at Butterworth from 1955 till 1988. It draws on official and private records to examine the complex social and cultural encounters and interactions that resulted between the Australian military community and the many and varied local communities of Penang as a direct result of the RAAF base at Butterworth.


Table of Contents

Introduction -- Chapter One. Butterworth : Menzies' Cold War failure -- Chapter Two. Preparing the way : imagining an Australian garrison in Malaya -- Chapter Three. First arrivals : building an Australian garrison in Penang -- Chapter Four. Encountering the other : constructing an Australian identity in Penang -- Chapter Five. "Out of bounds" : sex, race and inter-racial intimacy -- Chapter Six. No. 4 RAAF Hospital : the last hospital of the British Raj -- Chapter Seven. Educating Australian children in Malaya : the RAAF School Penang -- Chapter Eight. The whole works : life for Australians in Penang -- Conclusion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: leaves 288-297

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Department, Centre or School

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Sean Brawley

Additional Supervisor 1

Hsu-Ming Teo

Additional Supervisor 2

Andrea Benvenuti


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Malaysia Australia


1 online resource (xi, 297 leaves) illustrations (some colour)

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