Indigenous Stories

The Memorial is honoured to be able to share the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. New articles will be published in the lead up to and surrounding NAIDOC Week 8 - 15 November 2020.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people please be aware that some resources contain images and names of deceased persons.


  1. Finding Teddy Smith

    14 December 2018

    While Melissa Smith knew her great-grandfather was considered one of the finest shearers of the 20th century, little was known about his brother who served during the First World War.

  2. The search for 'Curly' Dawes

    21 July 2020

    The Australian War Memorial is asking for help to identify Indigenous soldiers who served on Gallipoli.

  3. 'It’s pretty inspiring'

    16 September 2019

    Erin Vink’s great-uncle John Henry Sharpe enlisted for service during the Second World War at the age of 35, but he had a secret.

  4. Remembering Christopher Carter

    10 November 2020

    Major General Marcus Thompson always knew his great-great uncle fought and died during the First World War, but the details of his ancestry were far less clear.

  5. How Mary's story of survival is reaching a new generation

    06 June 2018

    Mary Cubillo was just 10 years old when her family was evacuated from Darwin during the Second World War.

  6. How embroidery helped Pat Sullivan survive the war

    01 June 2020

    When Pat Sullivan was captured during the Fall of Singapore, he quickly realised he would need a hobby to help calm his mind and combat depression.

  7. For our Country

    27 March 2019

    Artist Daniel Boyd is passionate about his art and his culture.