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The Second World War

The Second World War

This scene depicts just a few of the many Chinese Australians who served during the Second World War as nurses, and as officers in the Australian Navy, Air Force and Army Signal Corps

Many Chinese Australians have represented Australia in times of conflict, including these servicemen and women, who served during the Second World War. At upper right is Eunice Chinn, of the Australian Army Signal Corps, at right of centre is Phillis Anguey, a senior sister in the Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service, and in the centre is Bo Liu of the Royal Australian Navy who served on the HMAS Nizam.

Chinese Australians in war

Hundreds of Chinese Australians have served with Australian forces from the time of the Boer War (1899–1902), to the recent peacekeeping campaigns. During the Second World War (1939–1945) many Australians of Chinese origin enlisted in the Australian armed forces. It is estimated that there were probably more Chinese serving in the Australian forces than any other minority group in Australia. Women of Chinese descent also served. Phillis Anguey was a senior sister in the Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service (RAAFNS) from 1940 to 1945, and Eunice Chin worked in the Australian Army Signal Corps.

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