In 2018, Australia and the United States will mark a centenary of Mateship – a friendship first formed in the trenches of World War 1 during the battle of Hamel on July 4th, 1918. Australian General, Sir John Monash, was the first non-American to command US soldiers in an offensive action – at the Battle of Hamel on the Western front in France in 1918.
It was also the American troops’ first offensive action of the First World War. Four American companies were under Monash’s command, which proved to be a turning point in the Battle of the Somme. The relationship between Australia and the United States is unique in its breadth, depth and length, and characterized by genuine cultural affinity and a robust framework of bilateral cooperation.
To launch this unique celebration of Mateship, the Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, the Hon. Chris Oldfield, hosted a cocktail function in Seattle on Nov 13th to introduce his Excellency, the Hon. Joe Hockey, Australian Ambassador to the United States and his wife, Ms Melissa Babbage. The invitation was extended to ANZUS Board members and several other members. The Ambassador talked about the upcoming celebrations to commemorate the enduring Mateship between Australia and the US and the history behind the formation of this bond between our countries. He concluded, “We celebrate the first 100 years of Mateship and look forward to the next 100 years”.
ANZAS President Len Reid and his wife Pat with his Excellency, the Hon. Joe Hockey, Australian Ambassador to the United States.
Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, the Hon. Chris Oldfield, introducing the Australian Ambassador.