Clyde Rigney, Dorothy Shaw, Verna Koolmatrie and John Pearson's interview in Raukkan

Clyde Rigney, Dorothy Shaw, Verna Koolmatrie and John Pearson discuss the Raukkan community’s long history of service in the defence forces from World War 1 onward. The community is currently developing a local war memorial and Clyde, Dorothy and Verna speak of the pride they have for their relatives and fellow community members who served and they discuss the research and other activities that have been undertaken in the community, including travel to France and surrounding countries to visit the graves and memorials of community members who served and died in World War 1 in places like Villers-Bretonneux. There is also wide ranging discussion about how, why and where Raukkan men signed up to fight in World War 1, and for those who returned, how they coped, how they were treated and supported in the community, and what if any official entitlements were made available to them including access to the soldier settlement scheme.

This interview took place on 13 April 2015 in Raukkan and was conducted by Professor Mick Dodson and Professor John Maynard 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.

The interview recording above is made available to be listened to here by permission of the interviewee(s), Clyde Rigney, Dorothy Shaw, Verna Koolmatrie and John Pearson. 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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