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Old 03-13-2019, 09:54 PM
 
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The “Battle of Brisbane”.

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Old 03-13-2019, 10:28 PM
 
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Yep. A famous 'battle' that entered Aussie urban legend for awhile. Although there were countless brawls on far smaller scales. Probably not many are aware of it today.
A bit of a case of like the Brits found, the Yanks were over paid, over sexed and over here. The film 'Yanks' from I think the early eighties outlined in detail the British (namely English) turn of events on the matter.
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Old 03-13-2019, 11:59 PM
 
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Yes a very well known piece of Brisbane history. I enjoy the fact that it all started from the Aussies standing up for the American soldier.

Lots of WWII history in Brisbane including this great little museum: https://mmb.org.au/
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Old Yesterday, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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If its not for city data i dont think i would have ever heard of this. Though its not the first time its been mentioed.

I am not sure how many locals know why the building which is now best known as the cities main apple store is called MacArthur central.
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Old Yesterday, 06:08 PM
 
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If its not for city data i dont think i would have ever heard of this. Though its not the first time its been mentioed.

I am not sure how many locals know why the building which is now best known as the cities main apple store is called MacArthur central.
I would say very few. History not being a subject of much interest for most. Your from Brisbane, as I recall, and by own admittance would not have known about the 'famous Brisbane battle' without this forum.
MacArthur Central? I didn't know that. I expect all too many would not be aware just who MacArthur was.
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Old Yesterday, 07:20 PM
 
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If its not for city data i dont think i would have ever heard of this. Though its not the first time its been mentioed.

I am not sure how many locals know why the building which is now best known as the cities main apple store is called MacArthur central.
My experience has been quite different. When the Apple Store took that space on the ground floor I was shocked by just how many young people knew the history of the site. When my kids were in primary school, they visited the museum and learned all about our role in WWII.

By whatever means people learn of our history, it's a great thing. Whether it be via online forums, school or Apple Stores moving in.
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Old Yesterday, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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My experience has been quite different. When the Apple Store took that space on the ground floor I was shocked by just how many young people knew the history of the site. When my kids were in primary school, they visited the museum and learned all about our role in WWII.

By whatever means people learn of our history, it's a great thing. Whether it be via online forums, school or Apple Stores moving in.
I am originally from country QLD and did not go to school in brisbane, the cities staus as a major staging point in WW2, was certainty never taught to us. Its good to see the younger generation has been. My kids are not old enough to do thoes types of things at school just yet.
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Old Yesterday, 09:09 PM
 
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I was in the US Navy in the 90s. We got along well with the Australian sailors.
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Old Today, 03:07 AM
 
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I was in the US Navy in the 90s. We got along well with the Australian sailors.
Grand to learn out scores are not still being settled in public brawling at least during your visit. I'm afraid though, while nothing to do with WW2 score settling, there was a rather violent confrontation between visiting American sailors, and locals in total probably involving two dozen in all outside a pub, in Perth WA, during a carrier visit in what be around 97. While nothing on the scale of The Battle of Brisbane, during war years, there were a few sore heads. In fact local police and US navy police were fairly quick on the scene and dealt with the matter.
I believe the incident started over a girl dispute and a group of local drunken Bogans egging the sailors on.


Other times, I've witnessed US sailors not taking the bait, under some provocation. Only natural to react though when some stranger hurls abuse together with a fist to the head. (as was result of earlier related incident)
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