Indigenous service

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Indigenous service

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people please be advised that the following site and pages contain the names, images and objects of deceased persons.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a long tradition of fighting for Country, and continue to serve with honour among our military forces. They have also worked in ancillary, industry, and other home-front activities, and their communities have been thrust into the front line of theatres of war.                             

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.

 

Cultural warning: 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people please be advised that the following site and pages contain the names, images and objects of deceased persons.

This hub has been created to provide 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.

 

What does Indigenous mean?

For the purposes of this Australian War Memorial, the term Indigenous is understood as referring to the Indigenous peoples of territories administered and/or occupied by Australian forces: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islanders, South Sea Islanders and Papuans.

The inclusion of words, terms or descriptions from historical records reflects the social and political attitudes of the period in which they were written. The memorial apologises for any distress that may occur.

All reasonable care has been taken in compiling this information; details have been taken from publically available records, including state and national archives, newspaper articles, genealogical material, family memorabilia, and oral histories. Discrepancies may exist; readers are strongly encouraged to contact the memorial if they have information that may improve the accuracy and completeness of the list.

Contact: Michael.Bell@awm.gov.au

Ph: (02) 6243 4406

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