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Author & Publisher of Australian history, art and culture.

THE TRAGEDY OF THOMAS BUNGELENE: ABORIGINAL SEAMAN IN THE VICTORIAN NAVY.

Damien has recently pointed out that Thomas Bungelene was an Aboriginal man who served on Her Majesty’s Colonial Steamer Victoria from 1861 to 1864. Peter Gardner who has written extensively on Thomas Bungelene and his family from 1978, was the first to … Continue reading

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PRE BOER WAR ABORIGINAL MILITARY SERVICE : JACK ALICK

New information about Jack Alick shows that his military service predates the Boer war in which he served in New South Wales and Commonwealth units. This information has been provided by David Deasey historian, soldier and New South Wales Chairman … 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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NON WHITE AUSTRALIANS AND THE AIF

Arthur Malcolm Quong Tart, Brisbane, 1917. Courtesy Lois McEvoy The public image of the men of the first AIF given currency by Charles Bean, the editor of the Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918 and author of some of its volumes, was … Continue reading

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GALLIPOLI: ABORIGINAL MEN WHO WERE THERE

David Huggonson has been at the forefront of the movement for recognition of Aboriginal war service. Not only is he the author of numerous articles both journal and press which tell the story of Aboriginal men in the AIF but … Continue reading

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BLACK DIGGERS ON STAGE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE JANUARY 2014

The play Black Diggers opened the Sydney Festival at the Sydney Opera House on 18 January 2014 and concluded with standing ovations. Individual reports and reviews also attest to its success. It consists of a series of stories crafted to … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS – NEW YEAR AT WARANGESDA MISSION, NEW SOUTH WALES

Warangesda Mission 1883 The following account is based on reports of the New South Wales Aborigines Protection Board and entries in the Warangesda Mission Managers Diary. The authors of both sources are white officials and the picture they paint is … Continue reading

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TWO DEATHS ON THE WESTERN FRONT: THE GAGE BROTHERS

On 15 October 2013 Russell Downey, a great nephew of Christopher and Charles Gage, placed a poppy beside their names on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial. In doing so he paused to wonder what these two … Continue reading

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