- Swinden, Greg
- 19th century wars
- RAN Ships
- None noted.
- March 2001 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
Eventually the Australians were allowed ashore on 3 May and the New South Wales and Victorian Contingents received welcome home parades and receptions in Sydney and Melbourne respectively. The Naval Reservists were then discharged from full time service. Some of the men who had served in China then travelled to South Africa and served with various British and Australian units in the South African War 1899-1902 (commonly known as the Boer War). Many later went on to serve in the RAN and the 1st AIF during World War I.
Thus ended the short campaign in China for the Australians and while there was ‘little glory’ it again proved the flexibility and adaptability of the Australian sailor.