A publication acknowledging the significant contribution of WA Aboriginal volunteers to the World War One effort.
The Aboriginal History Research Services (AHRS) at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has written a book that acknowledges the significant contribution of Western Australian Aboriginal people who volunteered to enlist in World War One.
This book aims to increase public recognition of Aboriginal people in war service and Western Australian history and stories more broadly. There were many men who attempted to enlist, however, were rejected on grounds of 'not being of substantial European descent' or for medical reasons. Their stories need to be told and the numbers, officially recognised.
Through in-depth analysis of historical records and genealogical research conducted since 2014, the AHRS has increased the official number from around 80 to 133 people.
It's release on Friday 9 November 2018 marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918 and commemorates the centennial of ANZAC 2015-18.
No Less Worthy (pdf 21.3 MB)
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If you would like more information about the project you can contact us at
Aboriginal History Research Services State Library of Western Australia, Level 2 Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street, Perth WA 6000
The AHRS published
They Served With Honour: Untold Stories of 13 WA Soldiers who served at Gallipoli to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC 2015. It is availabe to purchase from the
Art Gallery of WA shop, or
State Library of Western Australia shop. A copy of this publication went to every school in WA.