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Remembrance Day - Firth Brothers letters

This year, 11 November marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18), also known as Remembrance Day.  When remembering all the lives lost and affected by World War 1 and all armed conflicts it is important to acknowledge that over 1000 Indigenous Australians fought in the First World War. 

Researcher Philippa Scarlett pointed the Indigenous Services team at the Library to an article she wrote about Aboriginal soldiers, the Firth brothers, who served in the First Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) during World War 1.

To write the article, Philippa Scarlett utilised letters from the Firth brothers that are held in the State Library's collection and have been digitised.  These letters were written by the Firth Brothers during their service and help tell an interesting story of the war impacted this Family. 


An example of  one of the letters written on active service

Thanks to  Philippa for sharing her article with the Indigenous Services team.

The article can be found on