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Aboriginals and war - World War 1
Indigenous Australians at War (aiatsis.gov.au)
See list of contents at left. Read especially:
- Why did they
join? (This section could also be called 'How did the wider
Aboriginal population benefit from the Aboriginals who served in World War 1?')
Remember, we have Four pages on
Aboriginals and war
WW1 category (indigenoushistories.com)
A number of informative blog entries about Aboriginal soldiers in World War
1 and the issue of acquiring information about them.
role in WWI revealed
(Archived from archive.eniar.org) [Archived version.] The Mercury, 13 April 2004, in
"The names of more than 400 Aboriginal soldiers who served in World War I
have been uncovered -- and many were from Tasmania's Bass Strait islands..."
Aborigines: Ben Murray (southaustralianhistory.com.au) Flinders Ranges Research. Scroll down to the
third paragraph beginning "That Ben Murray, born in 1891..." Ben
Murray fought at Gallipoli. Then proceed to the fourth paragraph.
See also Ben Murray
on our Biographies
Aboriginal ANZACs (Blog article) (Battlefield Tours 24 April
2008, in awm.gov.au)
"There are only five known Aboriginal servicemen buried at
Gallipoli, however, it is estimated that 500-800 Aboriginal diggers
served in the First World War."
Indigenous Diggers (campgallipoli.com.au)
Draws attention to the unequal treatment of Aboriginal soldiers who
served at Gallipoli. Also comments on the difficulty in estimating
the number who took part.
Other individual World War 1 Aboriginal
Aboriginal Diggers(From diggerhistory.info,
archived by the NLA's Pandora Archive on 6 Mar 2010) World War 1 soldiers include Corporal Harry Thorpe, Private S.
Cunningham, Private William Joseph Punch, Private Reginald Francis Hawkins.
Believed to be Driver Sydney Moses Cunningham
from Kogarah, NSW.
Aboriginal Darug soldier of World War 1. (The
Darug people lived in the area that is now Sydney, NSW.)
Reginald Francis Hawkins (awm.gov.au)
Private Hawkins, from Jericho, Queensland, was
taken prisoner-of-war by the Germans after being injured while
fighting in France, but he eventually returned to Australia.
Trooper Horace Thomas Dalton from Queensland joined the 11th
Light Horse Regiment and served in Suez, Egypt.
William Joseph Punch (awm.gov.au)
Photograph and basic details only. Originally from Queensland but enlisted from
Goulburn, NSW. Private Punch was wounded twice in action and was
evacuated to England where he died.
Private William Joseph Punch (awm.gov.au)
The brief story of Aboriginal station hand William Joseph Punch
who enlisted on 31 December 1915 to fight in World War 1 and
died on 29 August 1917. T
- This information is followed by activities for research and
Harry Thorpe (awm.gov.au)
Born at the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Mission Station, Victoria. Fought in
France 1916-18. Corporal Thorpe is buried in France a few kilometres from
where he fell.
Black Magic(From diggerhistory.info,
archived by the NLA's Pandora Archive on 6 Mar 2010)
Examples of Aboriginals who participated in Australian wars.
of illegal heroes (pippaettore.com) Originally published in The Mercury (Tasmania), 9
Nov 2012 [The original web page
no longer available.]
Tasmanian Indigenous troops in World War 1. This newspaper story provides
information about Lt Alfred John Hearps from Forth and Private Marcus Blake
Norman Brown from Cape Barren Island, and includes a long list of soldiers.
The image at right is of Private Thomas Edward Mansell.
More Tasmanian Aboriginal Soldiers WW1(indigenoushistories.com)
(The ABC 7.30 Report previosuly listed here
is now unavailable.)
The Lock Family of NSW (indigenoushistories.com)
Nine members of the Lock (also spelt Locke) family
of NSW (from the Darug people of the Sydney area) volunteered for and fought in World War 1,
including Jerome Locke and his sons Olga and Leslie John (Jack).
Aboriginal Writing (Blog article) (indigenoushistories.com)
"Letters and writing in WW1 service records." Scroll right down for a letter
written by George Aitken to his mate. (The paragraphs begin "Just a
little..." and "Goodbye old man...")
the 19 images of World War 1 Aboriginal soldiers presented
on the ABC's
We will remember them
web page. (Image acknowledgment:
Australian War Memorial)
A radio program that paid tribute to the
estimated 800 Aboriginal men who served in World War 1. Download the
or view the transcript.
The program includes
comments by Philippa Scarlett, author of the following books on
Aboriginals who participated in World War 1: ●
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander volunteers for the AIF:
The Indigenous response to World War One (Second Edition 2012),
by Philippa Scarlett.
The Lock family in World War
One: how service records contribute to Darug history,
by Philippa Scarlett. See
Indigenous Australians at War: Honour Roll(www.aiatsis.gov.au)
Honour Rolls of Aboriginals from Victoria, Queensland, NSW, South Australia
and Western Australia who died in World War 1, plus partial lists of World
War 2 and Vietnam deaths.
Indigenous Australians and World War I (Skwirk.com.au Interactive
Information about Indigenous Australians and World War I, the
historical context, and the aftermath.
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images, quizzes, etc.