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More Than Service: Black Diggers and the Great War |...

More Than Service: Black Diggers and the Great War | History Council of New South Wales

In commemoration of the centenary of the First World War the History Council, NSW and Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, UTS, are inviting people to a symposium about the contribution of ‘Black Diggers’ to the war effort and how their service changed social and economic relations on the home front.

Records show that more than 800 Aboriginal men enlisted, eager to fight on behalf of their country: they served in this conflict on equal terms, successfully breaking down cultural barriers by forming friendships with those they fought side by side. The participation of Aboriginal Servicemen in the First World War held immediate implications for families and communities on the home front.

NSW servicemen portraits, 1918-19 - Alfred Duroux, image courtesy State Library of NSW

Organisation Name: History Council of NSW, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, UTS and State Library of NSW

Event Type: Symposium

When: Thursday, 10 July 2014 from 09:30 am to 04:00 pm

Where: State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street , Sydney

Cost: General Free

Contact: Dr Mandy Kretzschmar, 02 9252 8715,