Mine clearing in Mozambique

Modern technology makes it much easier for members of the Australian Defence Force who have been deployed to maintain contact with loved ones at home. In the mid-1990’s however, those on deployment came up with other ways to stay in touch with home and let their loved ones know what they were experiencing.

This was the case for then Major (later Brigadier) Peter Clay, who led Australia’s first rotation to Mozambique as part of the United Nations Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ), where he and his team taught mine clearing techniques to local soldiers. To inform his wife Christine and other family members what his day-to-day activities involved, he made a home movie which is now part of the Memorial’s collection.

Ally Roche highlights this unique story in Issue 88 and this rare and personal footage is able to be viewed for the first time here.