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Helen Akee

Helen Akee

Helen Akee discusses her father Wabay Akee’s service with the Torres Strait Islander Light Infantry Battalion during World War 2. Wabay relocated to Thursday Island from Murray Island to serve with the battalion, leaving his wife and family behind.

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Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson talks about his early life as a member of the stolen generations, and his recruitment into the Air Force, and the good and bad experiences he had in the services, including difficult and dangerous but rewarding work managing and transporting explosives.

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George Anderson

George Anderson

George Anderson spoke to the Serving Our Country project about his time in the Vietnam War as a conscripted soldier. George explained how he could have been exempted from serving as an Aboriginal Australian, but chose to sign up anyway as he also regarded himself as an Australian.

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Shane Anderson

Shane Anderson

Shane Anderson speaks about his experience in NORFORCE’s Army Indigenous Development Program, and his aspirations for enlisting in the Army.

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Robert Appo

Robert Appo

Robert Appo discusses the service of his conscripted father Raymond Appo in Vietnam as a forward scout in the army.

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Edna Arnold

Edna Arnold

Edna Arnold discusses her family history including several family members who served in World War 2, namely John Edwards, Ethel Mary Sharpe and Claude Baulch.

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Graham Atkinson

Graham Atkinson

Graham Atkinson discusses his service in Vietnam in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Graham explains his training in Australia, the shock of going to Vietnam, and the difficulties he experienced after discharge and his grappling with PTSD and clinical depression some...

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Edward Bailey

Edward Bailey

Edward Bailey discusses his time in the air force in Townsville in the 1990s, including why he enlisted and his experiences with racism.

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Laura Bell

Laura Bell

Laura Bell discusses her childhood memories of family members who served in World War 2 including her father.

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Tyronne Bell

Tyronne Bell

Tyronne Bell speaks about the history of Ngunnawal service in the defence forces, which he traces back as far as World War 1 if not the Boer War. In particular, he speaks about his cousin Gus Briar who served and was killed in World War 2. Tyronne also discovered the story of Samuel ‘Protest’...

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