Category Archives: WW1

MORE ABORIGINAL MEN AT GALLIPOLI

The list of men of Aboriginal descent who served and in some cases lost their lives at Gallipoli, compiled by David Huggonson and posted on 29 March 2014, contains the names of 32 men. A further name was added after … Continue reading

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT SOUGHT: KEVIN GILBERT, ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS AND THE WAR OF INVASION

  Kevin Gilbert Courtesy Fairfax Press In early September 1991 Kevin Gilbert was photographed by Richard Briggs against the background of the Australian War Memorial. He carries a cross in almost Christ like manner as he walks towards Anzac Parade. However it … Continue reading

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JACK ALICK BOND: BOER WAR ABORIGINAL SOLDIER

Research earlier this year by Hamilton historian Peter Bakker has located another Aboriginal man who fought in the Boer war. Bakker has found that Jack Alick was in the pre-Federation New South Wales First Australian Horse – in addition to … Continue reading

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NON WHITE AUSTRALIANS AND THE AIF

Arthur Malcolm Quong Tart, Brisbane, 1917. Courtesy Lois McEvoy The public image of the men of the first AIF given currency by Charles Bean, the editor of the Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918 and author of some of its volumes, was … Continue reading

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GALLIPOLI: ABORIGINAL MEN WHO WERE THERE

David Huggonson has been at the forefront of the movement for recognition of Aboriginal war service. Not only is he the author of numerous articles both journal and press which tell the story of Aboriginal men in the AIF but … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS – NEW YEAR AT WARANGESDA MISSION, NEW SOUTH WALES

Warangesda Mission 1883 The following account is based on reports of the New South Wales Aborigines Protection Board and entries in the Warangesda Mission Managers Diary. The authors of both sources are white officials and the picture they paint is … Continue reading

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TWO DEATHS ON THE WESTERN FRONT: THE GAGE BROTHERS

On 15 October 2013 Russell Downey, a great nephew of Christopher and Charles Gage, placed a poppy beside their names on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial. In doing so he paused to wonder what these two … Continue reading

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AN INDIGENOUS NURSE IN WORLD WAR ONE : MARION LEANE SMITH

During World War One 3141 Canadian nurses served overseas and on the home front. Included in this number was Marion Smith. What distinguishes her from other nurses was her particular Australian connection. Although resident in Canada since childhood she was … Continue reading

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WALTER COLEMAN: AIF MEMBER AND WARMULI CLAN DESCENDANT

One of the Aboriginal children placed in Governor Macquarie’s Native Institution in 1814 was Kitty of the Warmuli or Prospect clan of the Darug. After leaving the Native Institution Kitty married, first Coleby, brother of Maria Lock and then convict … Continue reading

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PETITIONER, SOLDIER, WRITER, POET, NURSE: THE MULTIFACETED INDIGENOUS LEANE FAMILY

Albert Edmund Leane enlisted in the AIF in January 1916 under the name Albert Edward Leane. He gave his age as 18 and became a member of No 4 Tunnelling Company. The Company left Sydney on 22 May but Leane … Continue reading

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