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Humanities: Vietnam War (Culture of the 60s)

Culture of the Sixties

Vietnam war in music

Vietnam war in the movies

The Burning Monk

The iconic Burning Monk photo from Vietnam in the 1960sPhoto credit: Malcolm Browne, Associated Press.

Muhammad Ali - Conscientious Objector

Where it all began

Gulf of Tonkin incident

Vietnam War

Iconic "War is Hell" photo of a young soldier.

Photo credit: Associated Press Photos

TET Offensive

Anti-war movement

Iconic photo of a Vietnam War protestor placing a carnation into the barrel of a rifle held by soldier

Flower Power, 1967, photographed by Bernie Boston on October 21, 1967

Australian Vietnam War information - places to search

Australian Vietnam War information - keywords to use

You may want to consider some of these key terms when searching for Australian related information. Some may need to be combined with the words "Vietnam", "Australia", "Australian"  or "1960..1969" to narrow search results.

  • Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV)
  • National Service
  • Conscription
  • Long Tan
  • Nui Dat
  • "All the way with LBJ"
  • Canberra Vigil
  • Anti-war demonstrations
  • Opposition to the Vietnam war in Australia
  • Support for the Vietnam war in Australia
  • Returning soldiers

Australian Prime Ministers during the Vietnam War:

  • Robert Menzies
  • Harold Holt
  • John Gorton

Australian Vietnam War information - people to ask

Have you considered interviewing someone who was:

  • A Vietnam Veteran
    • Ask your parents to see if they have any friends who went, or whose parents went to Vietnam
    • Try contacting your local RSL to see if anyone would be interested in talking to you about their experiences.
  • The wife or partner of a Vietnam Veteran
    • Ask your parents to see if they have any friends who are or were married to a veteran, or whose parents were.
    • Try contacting http://www.pva.org.au/.
  • A sister or brother of a Vietnam Veteran
    • Ask your parents to see if they have any friends who had family that went to Vietnam.
  • Someone who participated in Anti-War protests
    • Ask your parents if they know of anyone who might have marched, or otherwise protested against the Vietnam war.
  • A journalist that worked in the 1960s