Australia 1960 CE

Australia is now a fully independent country.

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What is happening in Australia in 1960CE

Australian armed forces played an invaluable part in World War 1, most famously as part of the ANZAC formation, which bore the brunt of the fearful fighting at Gallipoli.

Under the terms of the Statute of Westminster in 1931, Britain’s dominions become sovereign states within the British Commonwealth of Nations, with equal status with Britain. They continued to share the British monarch as the head of state.

Along with the rest of the world, Australia suffered from the Great Depression of the 1930’s. With the outbreak of World War 2, the nation again found itself standing shoulder to shoulder with Britain, and Australian troops were prominent in the North Africa campaign. When the Pacific region flared into war, Australia suddenly found herself on the front line. The Japanese even bombed Darwin. Australia became the base of the Allied war effort against Japan, and her soldiers, sailors and airmen helped dislodge the Japanese from their conquests. From this period dates the close alliance between Australia and the USA.

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