Monthly Archives: January 2013

MORE TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL SOLDIERS WW1

Andrea Gerrard, now a Ph.D. student at the University of Tasmania, has been researching Tasmanian Aboriginal soldiers from WW1 for a number of years. The names of the 64 soldiers she has identified were published in the Hobart Mercury on … Continue reading

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WALHALLOW: THE FIRST ABORIGINAL WW1 MEMORIAL?

On 17 August 1935 The Sydney Morning Herald noted the existence of a memorial to men who had served in World War One from Walhallow Aboriginal Station. Walhallow is at Caroona 20 miles west of Quirindi New South Wales. The … Continue reading

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ABORIGINES, WW1 AND ANZAC

Popular verse in the immediate post war period, could be a gauge of popular feeling about the war and another way of showing how the nation made sense out of the carnage and the fact of fighting. W. M. Fleming … Continue reading

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteers for the AIF

Book Review: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteers for the AIF: The Indigenous Response to World War One (Second Edition)  2012 Philippa Scarlett  I first came across Philippa Scarlett’s name as part of my research into World War One Australian Aboriginal soldier Douglas … Continue reading

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CENTENARY OF WW1 2014 THE BLACK DIGGERS PROJECT

Another milestone on the road to recognition of Indigenous war service is the Black Diggers Project currently being developed for the 2014 Sydney Festival.  This is significant in two ways. It not only means that Aboriginal soldiers already have a … Continue reading

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UNIDENTIFIED PHOTOGRAPHS OF ABORIGINAL WW1 SOLDIERS

As well as the Aboriginal man standing beside  Harry Avery referred to by Andrew Mcintosh in his review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteers for World War one there are numerous other men whose identity is still unknown. Some … Continue reading

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NEW SOUTH WALES ABORIGINAL SOLDIERS WW1 THE LOCK FAMILY

New South Wales Aboriginal Soldiers – the Lock Family  and  World War One Jerome Locke (right) with his sons William (centre) and Olga (left). Jerome and Olga served in the 36th and 53rd Battalions. Courtesy Noel Morley It was not unusual for … Continue reading

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