NAIDOC Week 2020


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people please be aware that this resource contains images and names of deceased people.

NAIDOC Week recognises and celebrates that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years and invites all Australians to embrace the ancient history of this country. Traditionally held in July, NAIDOC Week this year will be a little different.

Compiled on this webpage are just some of the stories from the Memorial that recognise, celebrate and commemorate the history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Content will continue to be added until 15 November.

Last Post Ceremony

This Last Post Ceremony on 10 November 2020 will commemorate Private Christopher Wilson Carter as part of NAIDOC Week. You can watch the ceremony here.

Shop Recommendations

The Memorial Shop presents a selection of publications and commemorative items – available for purchase now through our online store (while stocks last).



Worimi man Leading Aircraftman Tarryn Roach. Remembrance Day National Ceremony 2020. Photograph taken by David Whittaker. AWM2020.4.108.92


Indigenous Service

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a long tradition of fighting for Country, and continue to serve with honour among our military forces.



New Indigenous Service List

This list provides information about people of Indigenous descent who enlisted for service in conflicts including the Boer war, the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. This acknowledgement of service is part of the ongoing process of recognition and reconciliation.


Indigenous Stories

The Memorial is honoured to be able to share the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This link contain new and old articles about Indigenous people and their service to country.


Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service

This page links you to some of the Australian War Memorial’s resources related to the wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


View new commissioned artwork, photographs and videos relating to the wartime experience of Indigenous peoples.


The First World War 1914–1918: Our Island Heroes

In 2019, The Australian War Memorial commissioned Tasmanian Aboriginal photographer Ricky Maynard to create a series of photographs on the Furneaux Islands in the Bass Strait. The aim was to document the legacy of Aboriginal servicemen who left Country from Cape Barren Island and Flinders Island to fight in the First World War, three of whom did not return.


Past & present of 200 years

We are excited to announce the acquisition of 'Past & present of 200 years' (1986) by the late Robert Campbell Jr (1944-1993).

Image:  'Past & present of 200 years' (1986) Courtesy of the Artist's Estate, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.


In Discussion

Colonel Tim Rutherford, National Security Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Ms Eileen Deemal-Hall, Director Jervis Bay Territory administration, discuss and the role of cross cultural understanding in Australia’s military.  


Private Thomas Gray

In the Last Post Ceremony for 5 November we remembered Indigenous serviceman Private Thomas Gray and his service in the Second World War. 


From a Whisper to a Bang

 In episode 5 of From a whisper to a bang!, Megan explores how we can remember “better” when it comes to our Indigenous servicemen and servicewomen.


For our Country

For Our Country, a sculptural pavilion commemorating the military service and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Working Together

Join Colonel Tim Rutherford as he discusses the strong connection between the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal community and the 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment. Learn about the songlines connecting two of the area’s First World War soldiers to today’s servicemen and servicewomen, highlighting the service and sacrifice of their people in defence of Country. Filmed in the BAE Systems Theatre during NAIDOC Week 2019.

Image courtesy of Defence

Educational Resources

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have served in every conflict and commitment involving Australian defence contingents since Federation, including both world wars and the intervals of peace since the Second World War. These educational resources will bring incredible sources and stories from the Memorials collection into your classroom or home.


Anzac Diversity

A collection of case studies exploring the ethnic diversity of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War.


Memorial Box

Unravel the unique wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and their significant contribution to Australia’s defence.


Teaching Guides

Teaching resources, colouring-in posters and NAIDOC history. These resources are courtesy of