Defending Country Conference

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Event details


Date & time

Monday 01 December 2014 to Wednesday 03 December 2014


Crawford Building, ANU


Project researchers


Kate Macfarlane

Defending Country: Sharing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Islander Service held at the Australian National University in December 2014 brought together a large and lively group of Indigenous Veterans, defence personnel and some family members from around Australia to share their defence service stories.

Project researchers, community organisation members and representatives from our Partner Organisations also participated. We heard vivid accounts from women who served as nurses, soldiers and in the WRANS and WRAAF and a moving session where Vietnam veterans spoke frankly about their experiences of war and return. The three day conference was structured by thematic panels which included: Commemoration and Remembrance, Citizenship and Activism, Home front and Social Justice issues, to name a few. Workshop sessions at the end of the day encouraged further discussion and reflection on issues raised in the sessions. The National Archives provided a practical how to care for your photographic collections session and case studies of research about service history within a Sydney Aboriginal family.

The conference also included a range of activities, such as a reception at Duntroon House hosted by the Chief of Army, and a special guided tour of the Australian War Memorial where two of delegates laid a wreath at the last post service. Click on these links for more from the conference:

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