The Defence Act 1903 initially excluded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from enlisting in the First World War – resulting in many volunteers enlisting under assumed ethnicity/cultural backgrounds. Some even changed their names, place of birth and other personal details to enlist. The challenge now is to uncover these lost Queensland stories to share with others. State Library of Queensland is continuing to discover and confirm Queensland Indigenous soldiers of the First World War, and in this unique teacher professional development, we will present the current findings and engage Queensland teachers to research and discover a hidden history that has concealed these men and women for over one hundred years.
This professional development session is designed for teachers and educators with a specific interest in teaching the First World War.
Advisory warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants to this workshop are warned that this workshop presentation contains images of deceased persons.
Des Crump: 00:22
Des guides teachers through the process and history of uncovering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen of the First World War, including the current research that has been undertaken by State Library of Queensland.
Marg Powell: 57:34
Marg guides teachers to where you can go to research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers and tips of how to uncover their story.