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