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Unscheduled site format change – hope to return to normal soon

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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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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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ABORIGINAL OFFICERS IN THE FIRST AIF ?

In 2012 Andrea Gerrard of the University of Tasmania identified an officer of Aboriginal heritage in the first AIF. This serviceman was Alfred John Hearps who volunteered on 20 August 1914 and served with the 12th Battalion at Gallipoli and … Continue reading

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GALLIPOLI TO THE SOMME: THE SHORT LIFE OF SIDNEY JONES

Sidney Gerald Jones volunteered to serve in the First World War in December 1914. At age 19 he was just within the army age limit of 19 – 38, but legally underage. His record shows he received his parents’ consent … Continue reading

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GALLIPOLI: THE ABORIGINAL PRESENCE

I have stood shoulder to shoulder with half castes in Hell’s pit, [Hell’s Spit] on Quinn’s Post, and seen them die like the grandest of white men and other little stunts I can mention. Cairns Post, 28 January 1933 These … 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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