Echoes of the Crimean War, 1853–56
Names like Alma, Inkerman, Balaklava, Sebastopol–battlefields of the Crimean War (1853–56)–and the British heroes and villains of that war like Lords Raglan and Cardigan, the doomed General Cathcart, or the legendary nurse Florence Nightingale can be found on the street signs, and in the titles of suburbs and towns around New South Wales. That remote, and now largely forgotten, conflict had an enormous impact on the colony of New South Wales and its echoes can still be heard in those place names, and in mute monuments like the Martello Tower on Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour. They remind us of the thousands of British veterans who came to NSW in the decades following the war and the contribution they made to the life of the colony.

On this day

On this day
30 January

1942 — Japanese troops attacked AMBON, Netherlands East Indies, (Indonesia). Australian troops of “Gull Force” and about 2,600 NEI soldiers tried to defend the island but were defeated

1951 — Women’s Royal Australian Air Force formed

1968 — The TET OFFENSIVE began in Vietnam. A series of co-ordinated attacks by communist forces were defeated but the Offensive proved to be a propaganda  victory for the communists, accelerating the American public’s growing opposition to the war. Australian troops of 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the Offensive