Embassy of Australia

About Embassy of Australia

History of Mateship A bond forged under fire In 2018, Australia and the United States will mark a centenary of mateship - a friendship first formed in the trenches of World War I during the Battle of Hamel on July 4, 1918. The offensive to retake Hamel was the earliest instance of American and Australian troops fighting side by side. American troops offensively fought under the command of a non-American for the first time during the Battle of Hamel. That commander was Australian General Sir John Monash - and in honour of the Americans he was commanding, General Monash chose July 4, 1918 as the date of the offensive on Hamel. The battle plan devised by General Monash was radical for its time – it marked the first time tanks had been used as protection on a battlefield for the advancing infantry and the first time aircraft had been deployed to drop ammunition to ground troops. General Monash predicted that the offensive would last for 90 minutes. Incredibly it took the Allied forces just 93 minutes to secure victory and turned the tide against the Germans on the Western Front. The Battle of Hamel is the symbolic foundation of the deep and enduring bond, mutual respect and close cooperation that continues to exist between the American and Australian militaries today. Since World War I, Australia and the United States have fought side by side in every major conflict, with present day collaborations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Mateship - Beyond the Battlefield The relationship between Australia and the United States is unique in its breadth, depth and length, and characterised by genuine cultural affinity and a robust framework of bilateral co-operation spanning foreign policy and intelligence. Our nations and our peoples have collaborated across countless fields of endeavour –initiatives in industry, science and education have translated to advances in innovation and technology, shared cultural and artistic enterprises have enriched the world through music, literature, and ground-breaking film and television events and our Free Trade Agreement has contributed to doubling trade and investment between our countries. We celebrate the first 100 years of Mateship and look forward to the next 100 years.


Intern at the Industry, Science, and Education Branch

June 2017 - September 2017 Washington, DC
“This summer, as a part of the Public Service Internship Program at the University of Michigan, I worked as an intern at the Branch of Industry, Science, and Education at the Embassy of Australia. Reporting directly to the Minister-Counsellor of the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science, I researched, monitored, and created newsletters on American and Canadian higher education, science and technology policy. I also attended and reported on industry, innovation, and higher education events at Capitol Hill and think-tanks such as the Brookings Institution, 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. I supported and planned high-profile visits and events hosted at the Embassy, such as a visit from Bill Nye, and became skilled in administrative work (e.g. database management, scheduling support, etc.). I also organized round-table discussions, panels, and events at the Embassy of Australia for member embassy counterparts. Finally, I researched and reported on educational and scientific initiatives and phenomena such as President Trump’s Made in America Week, the future of manufacturing in the United States, lifelong learning, and the digital economy. ”
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