Melita Orcher and Hazel Fisher's interview in Brisbane

Melita Orcher and Hazel Fisher discuss the men and women of their family who have served in the defence and auxiliary forces throughout the 20th Century. Their service spans World War 1, World War 2, Korea and Vietnam. Both women have a lot of pride in their families service, but also anger at the treatment of some returned family members and the ongoing ramifications of government policies of separating families.

NOTE: The first half of the interview focuses on Melita and her family members’ service before the focus shifts to Hazel and her stories just after the 33 minute mark.

This interview took place on 2 April 2014 in Brisbane and was conducted by Professor Mick Dodson with Craig Greene as part of the Australian Research Council-funded research project Serving our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia. Also present at this interview was Estelle Sandow.

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