Monthly Archives: April 2013

ABORIGINES, WAR AND ANZAC 1788- 2013

During the course of the First World War Aboriginal soldiers were members of all but two of the 61 infantry battalions of the AIF and of all light horse regiments. They also served in artillery brigades, machine gun companies, pioneer, … Continue reading

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WILLIAM CASTLES: ABORIGINAL DARUG SOLDIER OF WW1

Aboriginal WW1 soldier William Castles came from Rooty Hill in the Parramatta district of New South Wales and was a great great grandson of Yarramundi, chief of the Boorooberongal clan of the Darug. His mother was Ada Locke and his father Thomas … Continue reading

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MORE ON GEORGE CAMPBELL HUNT DCM

Michael Riley, great grandson of George Campbell Hunt, has provided more information about his great grand father who was one those members of the AIF who did not fit the profile of ‘White Australians fighting for a White Australia’. The … Continue reading

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BLACK RATS: ABORIGINAL SOLDIERS AT THE SIEGE OF TOBRUK

The Black Rat He lived in a tin hut with a hard dirt floor. He had bags sewn together that was his door. He was a Rat of Tobruk until forty five, He was one of the few that came … Continue reading

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MORE ON WILLIAM STUBBINGS INDIGENOUS BOER WAR VETERAN

Kym Stubbings, William Stubbings’ great grandchild (see post 28 March) has told me of yet another object belonging to William Stubbings. This is a badge (pictured below) whose central feature is a date. The badge consists of an elongated scroll … Continue reading

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