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Aboriginals in war: Issues

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Issues highlighted by the participation of Aboriginals in war
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Aboriginals and war


Aboriginals in
World War 1
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World War 2
Aboriginals in war:

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Issues: Aboriginals and war

'Mounted Police and Blacks' by Godfrey Charles Mundy, depicting the killing of Aboriginals at Slaughterhouse Creek by British troops

Why does the Australian War Memorial ignore the frontier war? (, 12 Sep 2013 - archived version)
Should the battles between Australian Aboriginals and early settlers, police and colonial military forces be featured in the displays at the Australian War Memorial?
See also:
Appin Massacre (, 17 Sep 2013)
Dr Brendan Nelson (Director, Australian War Memorial), National Press Club Address, 18 Sep 2013. Scroll down a little more than half way for the question from Michael Brissendon commencing "Dr Nelson, just a reflection..."

Lest we forget about indigenous disadvantage (Sydney Morning Herald, 22 April 2010)
"Indigenous disadvantage remains a problem for Australia despite the national apology..."

Indigenous Anzacs need recognition and closure (, 22 April 2010 in
[Site unavailable 23 Mar 2016.]
"Aboriginal people have represented Australia in every single conflict since the Boer War, but they have been rarely recognised and celebrated..."


and other World War 1
involvement of Aboriginals
see our
Aboriginals in World War 1

Recognising the Aboriginal Diggers the Country Forgot (ABC Stateline WA, 25 April 2008)
Transcript of television program. "As thousands lined the street to watch today's Anzac Day parade, there was one small group marching to remember diggers who have been forgotten by this country. Hundreds of Aboriginal veterans are buried without military recognition..."

The battle for recognition not yet won (The Standard, Victoria, 11 November 2009)
Attempt to have the contributions of some Aboriginal soldiers recognised. At least 65 Victorian Aboriginals volunteered for World War 1.

Indigenous Diggers  (
Transcript from the ABC program George Negus Tonight, broadcast 5 June 2004. "In this story we hear the stories of indigenous Australian soldiers the forgotten diggers and hear what it was like to go to war as a black Australian and how this experience led them to agitate for rights at home."

Back to Being Black (
Video of 3 mins 55 secs. John Lovett relates his father's 1917 World War 1 experiences and lack of being honoured after the war.

Aboriginal diggers and the battle for equality (
Opinion contribution to the ABC's Drum website, by Dr Noah Riseman, followed by a large number of comments. (25 April 2012)



Forever Warriors

Book shines light on Indigenous soldiers (ABC Stateline WA)
Broadcast 22 October 2010. Online video of TV report about "Forever Warriors", a new book on Western Australia's Aboriginal soldiers by Jan "Kabarli" James.
"Pays tribute to the sacrifices of Aboriginal soldiers who fought for Australia only to return home to racism and discrimination."  Online video expires 20 January 2011.

A light is shone on Aboriginal soldiers' service (
29 October 2010.

Bibliographical details of Forever Warriors: Trove (National Library of Australia).

More information on Forever Warriors: Honouring Indigenous War Graves Inc



See also

Aboriginals and war
Aboriginals in World War 1
Aboriginals in World War 2
Background to Anzac Day
Anzac Day Issues

The background image of Private Archie Murphy is taken from a photograph on page 6 of the Resource Book, for which it is provided by Marie Smith



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