Pat Kopusar's interview in Port Hedland

Pat Kopusar talks about her life and family history, including her much loved Uncle Arthur ‘Artie’ Harris who served in World War 2. After the war Artie did not marry and stayed with Pat’s mother. Pat was very fond of Artie and shares some stories of his post-war life. Pat also discusses her eldest sister Ella Thompson’s time in the Women’s Land Army and two of her nephews who served in Malaysia and Vietnam. Pat also discusses racism, stolen generations, citizenship and belonging.

This interview took place on 4 September 2015 in Port Hedland and was conducted by Dr Mary Anne Jebb and Dr Allison Cadzow 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 viewed here by permission of the interviewee(s), Pat Kopusar. 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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