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Soldiers not Citizens: Indigenous service in the Australian defence forces 1899-2017

In the past century, little was known of the service of Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders Australians in the Australian defence forces.

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New article: Missing voices: Aboriginal experiences in the Great War

Aboriginal involvement in World War I is at once complex and full of contradictions.

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‘Victory Celebrations at Terry-hie-hie’, Sydney Mail, 18 December 1918, 25.

Len Waters included in the Australian Dictionary of Biography

Leonard Victor Waters (Len) (1924–1993), shearer and airman, was born on 20 June 1924 at Euraba Aboriginal Mission near Boomi, New South Wales … Len enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF

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Len Waters, 1940s, Courier Mail.

Aboriginal Enlistment During World War I

A century ago in May 1917, the Australian Army issued a Military Order stating that “half castes may be enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force providing that the examining Medical Officers are s

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William Rawlings, a Victorian Aboriginal man who enlisted at Warrnambool on 14 March 1916. Serving in the 29th Battalion on the Western Front, Rawlings was awarded the Military Medal for his feats during successful advances along Morlancourt Ridge on 28-29 July 1918. Ten days later he was killed in action at Vauvillers (Image AWM).

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