Sydney, etc., 1st.ed., 1986. Xi + 164 pp., over 150 photographs, 3 maps & cold. pict. e.p’s. D.j., 25 x 19cm. FINE. The first detailed account of Australia’s first military adventure in Asia, telling the story of the naval expedition sent out in 1900 by the colonies of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales to assist an international force to quell the Boxer Rebellion in northern China. The author describes the raising of the 500-strong force from the three colonial navies ; its voyage and its service in China. Includes accounts from unpublished diaries and memoirs and most of the 150 photographs are published here for the first time. The Boxer uprising was against foreigners, especially missionaries and Chinese Christians, during which more than 300 Westerners and 30,000 Chinese lost their lives. Australia was then a young colony and her contribution to the crisis was to send sailors from the naval brigades of New South Wales and Victoria, together with the South Australian warship PROTECTOR.