Monthly Archives: February 2013

ABORIGINAL SOLDIERS AND GALLIPOLI

In 1933 a former private in the 15th Battalion drew attention to the service of Aboriginal men at Gallipoli when he said ‘I have stood shoulder to shoulder with half castes in Hell’s pit [Hell’s Spit], on Quinn’s Post, and … Continue reading

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WW1 SERVICE RECORDS AND THE CLARENCE VALLEY PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN WILLIAM LINDT

Information in the service record of a World War One Aboriginal soldier has been used to assist with the possible identification of the photograph of a young woman in a collection of images of Aboriginal people from the Clarence Valley … Continue reading

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BOER WAR: ANOTHER ABORIGINAL SOLDIER CONFIRMED

In early 1900 five Aboriginal men from Warangesda Mission, Darlington Point offered their services as scouts to the New South Wales Bushmen Contingent which was to leave for South Africa later that year. [D and B Elphick, The Camp of … Continue reading

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ABORIGINAL WRITING: LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS IN WW1 SERVICE RECORDS

Writing Never Arrives Naked: Early Aboriginal cultures of Writing in Australia (2006) by Penny van Toorn dispels the once popularly held belief that David Unaipon’s publication of Aboriginal legends in 1927 and 1929 were the first examples of Aboriginal writing. Van Toorn … Continue reading

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