Category Archives: WW2

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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IDENTIFIED! SOLDIER WHO LOST BOTH LEGS 1917

In June 2013 I posted a photograph of a member of the AIF in a group of patients  from the Horton War Hospital, Epsom, City of London. The photograph was dated 4 April 1917. Close examination of this image shows that the … Continue reading

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CHARLIE ALLEY LIGHT HORSEMAN: THE SERVICE TRADITION OF THE ALLEY FAMILY

Charlie Alley was born in Charters Towers, Queensland in 1901. His father also Charles came from the Malay Straits and his mother Fanny Palmer was born under a tree at  Canobie station near Blackjack. During the World War One Charlie’s … 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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A LIFE CUT SHORT: LESTER ‘MICK’ FELL – JOCKEY AND SOLDIER.

  Lester Oliver Fell at J.E. Pike’s stable gate. Courtesy Colin Stuart  Another jockey whose Aboriginal heritage, like that of Percy Kennedy, has to date been unrecognised, is Lester ‘Mick’ Fell. Lester Fell’s family had their Aboriginal roots at Merrigal … 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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JAN ‘KABARLI’ JAMES ABORIGINAL SOLDIERS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Jan ‘Kabarli’ James Aboriginal soldiers of Western Australia. National Library Trove  http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/37567943?versionId=49039304 http://www.dinkos.com.au/The+Book+FOREVER+WARRIORS+-1070680.htm Jan ‘Kabarli’ James’ book  Forever Warriors  published in 2011 contains names, biographical information and in most cases photographs  of Western Australian Indigenous servicemen from all conflicts. It is … Continue reading

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