Moree Yarn Up

Moree Aboriginal Centre

Moree Yarn Up

26th June 2014

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Our Yarn Up was held at the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre, home to a wonderful photo exhibition about local Aboriginal servicemen and women and an impressive collection of files and photos Aboriginal service men and women.

Noeline Briggs-Smith showed us photos of Aboriginal servicemen’s graves that she has campaigned to have recognised with plaques at the Moree cemetery and she also spoke with us about her tireless work to have Aboriginal Servicemen from the Moree area in both world wars recognised and celebrated. Noeline Briggs-Smith’s interview focuses on her own family and community stories of war, and touches on many familiar themes such as bravery, death, injury, disease, post-traumatic stress, as well as issues of racism, rights, equality, and recognition. We also spoke with Edward Pitt who discussed his experiences and those of his friends in the defence force across several conflicts, and he expresseed great satisfaction in his service as an army reservist in the 1970s.

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