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Serving our Country: Indigenous Australians, war, defence and citizenship

One of the major outcomes of the Serving our Country research project, 'Serving our Country:Indigenous Australians, war, defence and citizenship', has just been published by NewSouth Publishing.

Serving Our Country participant profiles and interviews

Over 180 participant profiles and interviews now available for public access.

Canberra Yarn Up & interviews

The Canberra Yarn Up was held 15-16 December 2015 at AIATSIS, Acton, and wrapped up an amazing two years of travel and recording in every state and territory of Australia for the project.

Raukkan Yarn Up

The Raukkan Community Yarn Up was held on 13 April 2015. This community has a very proud and rich history of service, the community believe that at least 100 men from the community served in Defence from WW1 to Vietnam.

Sydney interviews 2017

We held a number of interviews in Sydney in May 2017, including with Val Hinton, Gladys Constantine and Tamara Giles.

Alice Springs Yarn Up

The Alice Springs Yarn Up was held 16-18 September at the Institute for Aboriginal Development where we spoke with Denis Braun about his army reserve service. We were also fortunate to speak with Geoff Shaw, about his Vietnam service and also his work for recognition and services for town camps and his central involvement in forming the Tangentyere Council.

Darwin Yarn Up 2016

Building on the September 2015 Darwin Community Yarn Up, the project returned to Darwin for a series of further interviews in August 2016.

Victoria interviews 2016 & 2017

Building on the 2015 Victorian Yarn Ups, in April 2016 and May 2017 we spoke with Graham Atkinson, Mark McMillan and Dorothy Peters.

Hobart Yarn Up 2015

The project also returned to Hobart in 2015 to undertake more interviews, including with former senior curator of Indigenous Culture at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Tony Brown.

Tasmanian Yarn Ups 2014

The Hobart Yarn Up held at the Risdon Pyramids was very quiet though we had some good discussions with researchers and TMAG staff in town, and we found out more about Boer War service too. Launceston was more forthcoming, with several relatives of men from Cape Barren Island who had served in the wars coming to see us at the Aboriginal Elders Council of Tasmania and Riawanna.


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Updated:  16 July 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, Serving our Country/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team