When Indigenous artist Megan Cope was asked to be an official war artist, she thought of her Uncle Dick, who was killed during the First World War.
Her great-great uncle, Private Richard Martin, enlisted in December 1914, but had to lie about his ancestry to do so.
As an Indigenous Australian, he was not eligible to join the Australian Imperial Force, so he claimed he was from Dunedin in New Zealand, and that he had served in the Light Horse for five years.
But none of it was true. Martin was, in fact, born on Stradbroke Island, and had no known previous military service.
He went on to serve on Gallipoli and the Western Front, enduring the costly battles at Bullecourt, Messines, and Passchendaele for a country that didn’t even recognise him as one of its own.
He was wounded in action three times, and was killed in March 1918 while defending Allied lines near the French village of Dernancourt.
Almost 100 years after his death, his great-great niece, Cope, a proud Quandamooka woman from Minjerribah, became the first female First Nations official war artist at the Australian War Memorial.