Category Archives: WW1

ENGLISH BRIDES OF ABORIGINAL SOLDIERS OF WW1

During the course of WW1 and immediately after, an unknown number of members of the AIF who were stationed in England, on leave or convalescing, met and married English women. In most instances details of the marriage are contained in … Continue reading

Posted in WW1 | 6 Comments

PERCY KENNEDY ABORIGINAL JOCKEY : RACING IDENTITY AND FINE HORSEMAN

John Maynard’s  Aboriginal Stars of the Turf is described as celebrating ‘the significant and exciting Aboriginal involvement in Australian racing history. Amongst the many Aboriginal jockeys highlighted in the book are Merv Maynard, Norm Rose, Frank Reys, Richard Lawrence ‘Darby’ … Continue reading

Posted in Aborigines sport, WW1 | 2 Comments

WHAT WOULD CHARLES BEAN HAVE SAID ABOUT GEORGE CAMPBELL HUNT AIF

Thanks to writer John Tognolini I’ve recently located George Campbell Hunt of the 21st Battalion, AIF. John was gathering information about his uncle Stephen Tognolini M.M when he discovered George Hunt in a group photo of the 21st Battalion taken … Continue reading

Posted in Other non white Australians and the AIF, WW1 | 2 Comments

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

Posted in WW1 | 12 Comments

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

Posted in WW1 | Leave a comment

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

Posted in WW1 | 5 Comments

MORE TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL SOLDIERS WW1

Andrea Gerrard, now a Ph.D. student at the University of Tasmania, has been researching Tasmanian Aboriginal soldiers from WW1 for a number of years. The names of the 64 soldiers she has identified were published in the Hobart Mercury on … Continue reading

Posted in WW1 | 1 Comment

WALHALLOW: THE FIRST ABORIGINAL WW1 MEMORIAL?

On 17 August 1935 The Sydney Morning Herald noted the existence of a memorial to men who had served in World War One from Walhallow Aboriginal Station. Walhallow is at Caroona 20 miles west of Quirindi New South Wales. The … Continue reading

Posted in WW1 | 16 Comments

ABORIGINES, WW1 AND ANZAC

Popular verse in the immediate post war period, could be a gauge of popular feeling about the war and another way of showing how the nation made sense out of the carnage and the fact of fighting. W. M. Fleming … Continue reading

Posted in WW1 | 9 Comments

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteers for the AIF

Book Review: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteers for the AIF: The Indigenous Response to World War One (Second Edition)  2012 Philippa Scarlett  I first came across Philippa Scarlett’s name as part of my research into World War One Australian Aboriginal soldier Douglas … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew McIntosh WW1, WW1 | 2 Comments