Ezra Anu's interview in Canberra

Torres Strait Islander Ezra Anu joined the army at age 18 in 1977, having grown up in North Queensland after his parents moved the family down from Saibai Island in 1968 looking for a better life and more opportunity. Ezra’s father had served in the Torres Strait Light Infantry Brigade and this inspired Ezra and motivated him to join up, as did hearing stories from cousins who had served in the Army and Navy, including in Vietnam. Ezra’s 22 years in the Australian Army included serving in Malaya in the early 1980s and training British troops in Europe in the late 1980s. Alongside his experiences in the Army, in this interview Ezra also talks about his work and life after leaving the Army in 1999.

This interview took place on 27 September 2010 in Canberra and was conducted by Dr Noah Riseman.

The interview recording above is made available to be listened to here by permission of the interviewee(s), Ezra Anu. 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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