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Betty Pike

Betty Pike

Betty Pike was brought up in the gold field towns of Western Australia, and did not find out about her aboriginality, through her mother’s family, until she was 16 years old. To escape her very troubled family circumstances Betty hit on the idea of joining the air force. It was 1943, World War 2...

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Dorothy Peters

Dorothy Peters

Dorothy Peters discusses the service of her father Vincent and brother Harry who both served in World War 2. Vincent was captured by the Japanese and died as a PoW working on the Burma railway, while 16 year old Harry lied about his age to sign up and fought in New Guinea. Harry returned from...

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Edward Pitt

Edward Pitt

In this incomplete recording, Edward Pitt discusses his experiences and those of his friends in the defence force across several conflicts. Edward expresses great satisfaction in his service as an army reservist in the 1970s.

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George Pitt

George Pitt

George Pitt talks about his Torres Strait Islander family’s history of service in the armed forces, both in World War 2 and Vietnam.

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Mick Pittman

Mick Pittman

Mick Pittman served in the RAAF for 21 years, having joined up as a 17 year old in the late 1960s. Growing up in Casino in NSW, Mick remembers that the brother of one of his mate’s was in the Air Force and Mick thought ‘Here’s a way out’, a way to see the world beyond his hometown. Mick...

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Tab Pittman

Tab Pittman talks about his uncles, Clarence, James and Laurie, who all served in World War 2. Tab was closest with Laurie and feels both pride and sadness as Laurie came home with shrapnel in his back and suffered pain for the rest of his life.

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Belinda Pocock

Belinda Pocock

Belinda Pocock has carried out extensive research into her family history, and has discovered, and shares, the generations of military service in her family via documents, letters and photographs.

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Ron Powell

Ron Powell

Ron Powell discusses his family’s history of service in both World Wars. Ron’s cousin Percy Kennedy Jr served during World War 1 in Egypt and France with the 23rd Battalion, and died of Tuberculosis in England in 1916.

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Hilda Prince

Hilda Prince

Hilda Prince was born in Brisbane in 1945, and with her niece Belinda Pocock, Hilda speaks about the generations of military service in her family via documents, letters and photographs.

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Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri

Patrick Puruntatameri

Patrick Puruntatameri and Richard Narwirr have both been in NORFORCE for approximately 20 years. They are proud of their work, and in this interview they talk about their experiences, the wide range of skills they have learned, the training they’ve undertaken, and the influence of extended...

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