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Indigenous Australians at war

Two new exhibitions at the National Archives shine light on Indigenous Australians at war, and the prejudice they faced at home when they returned: Facing Two Fronts: the fight for respect and Indigenous Australians at War from the Boer War to the Present.

The social impact of military service on Indigenous servicemen and those left behind is the central theme of Facing Two Fronts, a National Archives digital exhibition. The story is told through interviews with family members who remember how their relatives were affected by war and discrimination.

Facing Two Fronts is complemented by a touring exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Indigenous Australians at War from the Boer War to the Present covers Indigenous contributions to wartime activities in the Boer War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and in subsequent conflicts and peacekeeping.

Both exhibitions are free and open at the National Archives in Canberra on 24 March.

Available for interview will be:

  • Amy Lay, Curator, National Archives of Australia
  • Dean Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Shrine of Remembrance

Video footage of interviews featured in Facing Two Fronts will be provided to media attending the preview.


DATE:             Friday 24 March

TIME:              10.30am

PLACE:           National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT

RSVP:     |  0417 247 157

Media are also invited to stay for the official opening of the exhibitions by
Professor Mick Dodson at 12.30pm.

Media contact: Kathleen Denigan (0417 247 157)