This year's National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrates the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have served in military conflicts across the globe and honour their priceless contribution to our nation.
Earlier this year, a group of researchers from The Australian National University received funding to undertake the Serving Our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia project. This project will start to compile the nation's first comprehensive record of Indigenous service in the defence forces.
The Library collection has a wealth of resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have served in military conflicts, and some suggested reading has been included below to help you start your research:
- Read about the experiences of six Indigenous Australian servicemen during World War II in the book Fighters from the fringe.
- Learn more about NAIDOC by searching the Informit Indigenous Collection. If accessing from off campus, please login to the University's reverse proxy first.
- Download a free version of the ANU Press publication, Aborigines in the defence of Australia.
- View the thesis, The relationship between Aborigines, Islanders and armed forces in the Second World War in Menzies Library.
- View the e-book The Black diggers: Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the Second World Warvia the Informit Indigenous Collection.