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Lead Chief Investigator Professor Mick Dodson and Chief Investigator Professor John Maynard will be speaking at a forthcoming forum:
More Than Service: Black Diggers and the Great War Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:30 am to 4:00 pm Metcalfe Auditorium State Library of NSW Australia
Free, but bookings essential. Please book through eventbrite.
In commemoration of the centenary of the First World War the History Council, NSW and Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, UTS, invite you to a talk about the contribution of ‘Black Diggers’ to the war effort and how their service changed social and economic relations on the home front. Records show that more than 800 Aboriginal men enlisted, eager to fight on behalf of their country: they served in this conflict on equal terms, successfully breaking down cultural barriers by forming friendships with those they fought side by side.
This symposium sheds new light on the level of participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander citizens in the ‘Great War’, the motivations and aspirations in the rush to enlist and how the experience of service shaped social, political and economic issues on the home front. The symposium will also address the neglected aspect of Aboriginal women’s experiences in the face of increased state intervention into their lives. More broadly, the symposium will examine the meaning and understanding the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen made as Anzacs to what frequently has been considered a momentous occasion where national identity was forged on far away shores.
The forum will be opened by Councilor Roy Ah See of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, with speakers:
- Prof John Maynard, Director of The Wollotuka Institute, The University of Newcastle
- Prof Mick Dodson, Director of The National Centre for Indigenous Studies, ANU
- Prof Heather Goodall, University of Technology, Sydney
- Jessica Horton, postgraduate student, LaTrobe University