John Baron speaks about his family history and growing up in Sydney unaware of his aboriginality. John’s non-indigenous father served in both World Wars, for the British Army in World War 1 and the Australian Army in World War 2. John himself was interested in the army from school days where he joined the cadets and quickly rose through the ranks. After leaving school and working for a time, John was called up for National Service in the mid 1950s and enjoyed his army life immensely - the training, the mates, and the Signals work he did. After National Service John spent another 5 years as a part time army reservist while working as a technician for the PMG where from the 1970s he became very active in the union movement. It was only in the early 1990s that John became aware of his aboriginality through his mother, and in recent years he has become more connected with indigenous communities and issues. Since the late 1980s John has also been very involved with the RSL movement, including serving as President of the Liverpool RSL Club between 2011 and 2014.