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When: Monday 7 July 2014.
This NAIDOC event discussed a range of topics relating to the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in WWI, including how to access records for family research.
The speakers included:
- Melissa Jackson, part of the Indigenous Services team at the Library. Melissa gave an insight into the experiences of Indigenous soldiers who served in the Boer War (1889-1902).
- Paul Wood demonstrated how most records relating to WWI are kept with the National Archives of Australia. Paul also explained how to access Indigenous war records in cultural institutions.
- Tony Griffiths shared with the public his deep research on Douglas Grant story, Australia’s only known Aboriginal WWI POW.
- Philippa Scarlett, Canberra-based historian, recently released, ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteers for the AIF : The Indigenous Response to WWI’ (2012), our most comprehensive, illustrated record of Aboriginal Soldiers in WWI.
- Noeline Briggs-Smith, local historian and Elder, discussed the experiences of Kamilaroi (North-Western NSW) men who served with the AIF in WWI.