Informal portrait of Private Steve Dodd, an Aboriginal serviceman of the 1 Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) Informal portrait of Private Steve Dodd, an Aboriginal serviceman of the 1 Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) P00969.049

During NAIDOC week the Australian War Memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of Indigenous Australian servicemen and women through various public programs. The theme for NAIDOC week 2014 is Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond.

No bookings are required for these programs.

Gallery talks

Monday 7 July, Tuesday 8 July, Thursday 10 July
11 am

Join Memorial staff as they share personal stories behind some of the exhibits on display in the galleries. Gallery talks occuring during NAIDOC Week (6-13 July) will focus on the stories of Indigenous servicemen and women.

Meet at the information desk at the entry to the Second World War galleries, free.

Defence Indigenous Wreathlaying Ceremony

Wednesday 9 July
2 pm

This ceremony is held in recognition of the service and sacrifice of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the Australian Defence Force.

Western Courtyard

Collection in Focus: NAIDOC week

Wednesday 9 July
2.30 pm

A special one hour collection in focus tour designed for NAIDOC Week. Explore some fascinating objects in the collection which help to tell the stories of Indigenous servicemen and women at war.

Meet at the information desk at the entry to the Second World War galleries, free.

Last Post Ceremony

Wednesday 9 July
4.55 pm

At the end of each day, commencing at 4.55 pm AEST, the Memorial farewells visitors with its moving Last Post Ceremony. Join us today as we remember and pay tribute to Corporal Harry Thorpe, who served in the First World War. In honour of the great tradition of Indigenous military service to Australia, we tell his story. The Last Post Ceremony is also streamed live from the Memorial website.

Tony Albert: NORFORCE

Thursday 10 July
12.30 pm

In 2012 Tony Albert became the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed as official war artist and was deployed to one of the Army’s special Regional Surveillance Units North West Mobile Force (NORFORCE).  The result is a fascinating series of art works that honour the dedication and contribution of Indigenous Australians to the defence of Australia. These works are currently on display in the Western Courtyard Gallery at the Memorial.

Tony Albert will be at the Memorial during NAIDOC week 2014 to talk about his time in the Northern Territory, the people he met, the art works he created and what appointment as an official war artist has meant for his art practice.

This talk will take place in the Western Courtyard Gallery from 12.30 pm, free.