In Sydney, Australia, a cameraman filmed a man celebrating Japan's surrender. The clip and its stills have taken on iconic status in Australian history and culture, and symbolize victory in the war. http://www.faith-theology.com/2010_06_01_archive.html
Today in Australian History 10 April 1941- Valour by Rats of Tobruk under Lt Gen Morshead. The Siege of Tobruk begins, for most of the siege, Tobruk was defended by the Australian 9th Division ""Please Share""
On February 19th 1942, Japan sent 242 aircraft to attack targets in the Australian city of Darwin. It was the first and largest foreign attack on the nation and began a series of bombings. The city was not well defended, so Allied losses were high while Axis casualties were low. While Japan lost only 7 aircraft, Australia lost 10 ships (with another 25 damaged), 23 aircraft, and 250-320 people were killed (with 300-400 injured). http://dagamerstable.blogspot.ca/2011/02/bombing-of-darwin.html
Today in Australian History - 1966 - As Australians celebrate "Australia Day", 3 children go missing. Parents began to believe that their children could no longer be presumed to be safe; earlier generations had routinely allowed their children the same freedoms the Beaumont children had enjoyed. To read more click on photo
September 2nd, 1945. Aboard the USS Missouri, Australian General Thomas Blamey signs the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia. This document saw the surrendering of Japan and the end of the Second World War. https://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/040969
During the war, women in Australia worked in munitions factory building ammunition. These women are filling machine gun ammunition belts. Photo taken on October 17, 1939. https://cas.awm.gov.au/item/000010
From May 1st - August 1st 1945, Australian forces began a campaign to liberate the island of Borneo from Japanese forces. This pushed the Japanese farther away from Australia. This photo shows Australian forces socializing with the local Indonesian population on June 16th, 1945. https://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/018664
Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia from April 26th 1939 – August 26th 1941. This was taken on September 3rd 1939 of him announcing on the radio "Fellow Australians, It is my melancholy duty to inform you officially, that in consequence of persistence by Germany in her invasion of Poland, Great Britain has declared war upon her and that, as a result, Australia is also at war." http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/on-this-day-history-australia-enters-world-war-ii.htm