2019 National NAIDOC logo

2019 National NAIDOC logo

From 7-14 July 2019 the Memorial celebrates NAIDOC Week 2019 with the theme “Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future”.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Throughout the week the Memorial is delivering a number of programs and events highlighting the contributions Indigenous Australians have made to our nation, including curator-led tours, gallery talks, and stories from the archives.

Rosie Ware, Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion, 2014–15. (ART96820)

Family tours

Daily 8, 9, 10 and 11 July 2019, Second World War Galleries entrance, 10:15am

Join the Education team for a 30-minute tour designed for children and their families, and discover stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service personnel.

REL34816 - Winter service dress tunic : Warrant Officer II J R Keen, 110 Brigade Workshop, AIF

Hands-on History

Daily 8, 9, 10 and 11 July 2019, Lower galleries, 11am

Discover stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who served their country. Explore their experiences through objects and uniforms, and find out how and why we remember the service and sacrifice of Australians in wartime.

Betty Muffler, Ngangkari Ngura [Healing Country], 2017. (AWM2017.1296.1)

Art and the bomb: Maralinga and the Anangu story

9 July 2019, Orientation Gallery, 12pm

Atomic testing by the British and Australian governments in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands during the 1950s and 1960s is a part of Australia’s history that is still not well known. Join this curator-led talk to discuss the weapons-testing program.

The Kittyhawk aircraft “Black Magic” in the south-west Pacific, 1944–45. (P02808.001)

First Nations flyers: Australian Aboriginal pilots and aircrew during the Second World War

11 July 2019, BAE Systems Theatre, 12:30pm

At least four known Aboriginal pilots and aircrew flew operational missions as members of the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War. This special NAIDOC Week presentation will take a look at each member, the aircraft they flew, and what became of them.

Last Post Ceremony

Last Post Ceremony: Private Sylvester Sullivan

11 July 2019, Commemorative Area, 4.55pm

This Last Post Ceremony will commemorate Private Sylvester Sullivan. Our Last Post Ceremonies take place daily in the Commemoration Area at the Memorial, and can also be viewed live on Facebook or our dedicated Last Post Ceremony YouTube Channel.

For our Country sculpture talk

For our Country sculpture talk

11 July 2019, Memorial building front steps, 3pm

Join this talk to learn about the Memorial’s new sculpture For our Country, which recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service.

More about For our Country: https://www.awm.gov.au/about/visit/exhibitions/ForOurCountry

Make and create

Make and create

Daily 11 and 12 July 2019, Education Space - Lower galleries, 11:30am to 1pm

Children and their families are invited to join the Education team for a free craft session. Craft activities will focus on connections to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service.

School students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wartime service Memorial Box

Outreach program

In recognition of NAIDOC Week, schools have been borrowing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wartime service Memorial Box.  This outreach resource explores the wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and their significant contribution to Australia’s defence over time.

Sergeant John Angel-Hands and Lance Corporal Natalie Whyte raise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at Al-Minhad air base, United Arab Emirates, July 2013 courtesy Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence Joel Graham

For Country, for Nation

Touring exhibition

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a long standing tradition of fighting for Country, and continue to serve with honour among our military forces. The touring exhibition For Country, for Nation presents a diverse range of art, objects, photographs and stories from across Australia to explore.

Studio portrait of 5435 Private (Pte) William Joseph Punch

Researching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service

The Australian War Memorial has devoted considerable effort to collecting information and items that reflect the service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women in the Australian Defence Forces. When researching using the Memorial’s collection you may find that records and items contain names, images, and film footage of deceased people. They may also include historically and culturally sensitive images, film and sound recordings, words, terms, or descriptions; such material does not reflect the Memorial’s viewpoint but rather the social attitudes and circumstances of the period or place in which it was created.