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Author & Publisher of Australian history, art and culture.

UNPACKING ALF’S CRICKET CASE : THE STAFFORD FAMILY AND WORLD WAR 1

NOTE: Spaces for advertisements currently disrupt this post. I am upgrading my Word Press account to eliminate these and other advertisements which have begun to appear in posts. PS Michelle Flynn with her daughter, fourth and third from right  Koori … Continue reading

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ABORIGINAL MEN AT GALLIPOLI: THEIR SIGNIFICANCE TO ANZAC

The identification of Aboriginal men who are known to have served on Gallipoli has continued to grow from the 56 soldiers acknowledged in 2015. In 2018 the names of those who took part in the landing or arrived in the … Continue reading

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ABORIGINAL SERVICE IN WW1: 151 NAMES ADDED TO THE GROWING LIST OF AIF VOLUNTEERS

During the past two years we have been concentrating our efforts on expanding the number of known men of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage who volunteered to serve in the First World War. Below are the names of 151 … Continue reading

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ALFRED ‘TINY’ RYAN : THE BOXING SOLDIER

Bogan River Tribe 1898 from the family album of Charles Jepson Morris, courtesy of grandson Bert Morris. Collection of the Local History Room, Narromine Library.        Alfred Ryan is the small boy seated on a log. Sometime after 1917 the remains … Continue reading

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DON ELPHICK: HIS CONTRIBUTION TO ABORIGINAL HISTORY

I was saddened to learn at Christmas of the death in September of Don Elphick. Don was known to the wider community for his role in rugby league football and described in an online obituary as ‘an instrumental part of … Continue reading

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POW, SECOND ANZAC FORCE VETERAN AND DARUG DESCENDANT: WALTER HENRY STEILBERG

When war broke out in September 1939 Australia did not hesitate to join Britain in her opposition to Hitler and Nazi Germany. The second AIF or Australian Imperial Force, comprised like its predecessor solely of volunteers, was immediately formed and … Continue reading

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THE ABORIGINAL FIRTHS: AN UNUSUAL ANZAC CONNECTION

Ernest Firth  Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales In 1918 the Trustees of the Mitchell Library appealed to families for photographs of men who had served in the AIF. Aboriginal families were amongst those who responded and the … Continue reading

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