Category Archives: WW1

CHARLIE ALLEY LIGHT HORSEMAN: THE SERVICE TRADITION OF THE ALLEY FAMILY

Charlie Alley was born in Charters Towers, Queensland in 1901. His father also Charles came from the Malay Straits and his mother Fanny Palmer was born under a tree at  Canobie station near Blackjack. During the World War One Charlie’s … Continue reading

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FOUND: PHOTOGRAPH OF FREDERICK PRENTICE 1915

  More research and a confluence of information has made it possible to identify a photograph of an Aboriginal World War One soldier in the collection of the Australian War Memorial. This until recently was captioned ‘unknown’ but is now … Continue reading

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ABORIGINAL WOMEN ON THE HOME FRONT: WORLD WAR ONE

While the experience of Aboriginal men in the AIF is receiving increasing attention the experience of their families – particularly wives, mothers and sisters on the home front has to date been relatively neglected. Aboriginal women’s stories are in many … Continue reading

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FINDING FREDERICK PRENTICE

Frederick Prentice MM died in Katherine, Northern Territory on 22 November 1957 unknown and without family or friends. Using the fact that Prentice had told a fellow worker that he had served in World War One, the Acting Superintendent of … Continue reading

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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 and has also been … Continue reading

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