Tony Brown's interview in Hobart

Tony Brown was the senior curator of Indigenous Culture at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery for many years and as part of this role worked on an exhibition called ‘For Freedom and Honour’, which looked at Aboriginal servicemen from Cape Barren and Flinders Islands who served in World War 1. In this interview Tony speaks about these servicemen which include some of his close family members. Tony discusses many issues and questions including what might have driven these men to enlist, what was the effect of their service, absence - and of course for many death- on family and community at home, and for those servicemen who did return, how did their war experiences affect the remainder of their lives back home. He also talks about his childhood memories of service-related objects in his family including a relative’s ‘Death Penny’.

This interview took place on 21 December 2015 in Hobart and was conducted by Dr Allison Cadzow as part of the Australian Research Council-funded project Serving our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia.

The interview recording above is made available to be listened to here by permission of the interviewee(s), Tony Brown. The recording may not be copied, reproduced or communicated in whole or in part without the prior permission of the interviewee(s). Requests for permission for use of this material should be made to the Serving our Country research project: our contact details.

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