Thursday, April 23, 2015

Australia's Aboriginal soldiers of WWI (and other wars)

Documentation and  medals of a highly distinguished, but unknown, WWI Aboriginal Australian service man, Richard N. Kirby, were recently shared beyond his family's historic trunk, leading to a new, strong interest in proving which men who served in WWI or other wars were Aboriginals and their stories. They were not allowed to legally serve in WWI, only those of European descent were suppose to serve. Unfortunately, many of these soldiers came home to experience worse racism than when they had left to serve because the government had sent their children to schools and confiscated their land to give to white soldiers! A fascinating story. Click here to read more about it http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-32281865

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