Service in peacetime forces
Not all Indigenous service in Australia’s defence forces post-1945 was performed overseas or during warlike operations. Tantalising but as yet incomplete evidence has emerged which demonstrates that some Indigenous Australians received the opportunity to participate in home defence activities for what was known until 1980 as the Citizen Military Forces (CMF), and after that for the reserve component of the Australian Defence Force. Records suggest some men participated in the National Service Scheme which operated in 1951–59, and pictorial evidence exists showing others involved in annual CMF training camps also in the mid-1950s. That these were not aberrations–at least for the army–becomes apparent from a further image showing six Indigenous members of 51st Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment, in 1969.