1000 Indigenous Australians fought in the First World War. They came
from a section of society with few rights, low wages, and poor living
conditions. Most Indigenous Australians could not vote and none were
counted in the census. But once in the AIF, they were treated as equals.
They were paid the same as other soldiers and generally accepted
without prejudice’: Australian War Memorial.
Perspectives Information Session by ACU’s Dr Noah Riesman discusses his
research on how Indigenous Australian participation in the armed forces
can contribute to new understandings about Australia's national
identity and the role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have
played to shape the nation.
This session will be conducted via
video conference at all campuses and there is no cost for attendance.
Please be in your local campus video conference room five minutes prior
to the starting time:
Brisbane Campus – Room AC.22
North Sydney Campus – VC Room Level 16 Tenison Woods House
Dr Riseman and Dr Cath Bishop are also convening a conference entitled 'Brothers and Sisters in Arms: Historicising Indigenous Military Service' at ACU's Melbourne campus 25 - 26 June.
The conference is attracting Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars from across Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, Qatar, South Africa and the UK. The keynote speakers will include Professor Emeritus Tom Holm (University of Arizona) and Dr Teresia Teaiwa (Victoria University of Wellington).
More information, including a draft program and registration information, is available from the conference website.