Maurice Austin

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Maurice "Bunny" Austin
OBE DSO
Nickname(s) Bunny
Born 15 December 1916
Geelong, Victoria
Died 13 October 1985(1985-10-13) (aged 68)
Canberra, ACT
Allegiance Australian Army
Years of service 1938 - 1971
Rank Brigadier
Commands held 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Mention in Despatches

Maurice "Bunny" Austin OBE DSO (15 December 1916 – 13 October 1985) was an Australian Army Brigadier. He served in the AIF in World War II and commanded the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in 1952, and the 1st Battalion in the Korean War in 1953.

His appointments included Commandant of the Jungle Training Centre; Commander of the Logistic Support Force; Director of Personnel Services and honorary ADC to the Governor General.

On retirement from the Army he was appointed the Australian Army Historian where he researched and published works on the history of the Army in Australia from 1788 to federation.

The nickname "Bunny" comes from the fact that Thomas Austin (no relation) is believed to have been the first person to introduce rabbits in Australia.

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