HISTORY WEEK Black Diggers: Patriots or Political Activists?

In recent years, the experience of Aboriginal soldiers in WWI has been subsumed into the nationalist grand narrative Anzac legend but it was, of course, far more complex.

As Wesley Enoch’s theater production Black Diggers has recently shown, Aboriginal military service in the First World War was a multilayered historical experience that is intimately tied to histories of dispossession and the Aboriginal political struggle for change.

Jessica Horton explores the questions archival evidence raises about Aboriginal people’s war time experience, their political struggle for change and the meaning of this military service for individuals, communities and the nation.

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