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The Aboriginal History WA team has undertaken extensive genealogical and archival research to bring together this unique publication. In addition to bringing to life the stories of Western Australia's Aboriginal volunteers and soldiers, No Less Worthy is a significant educational and historical resource adding to our understanding and awareness of the history of Western Australia and Australia.

The book is dedicated to the largely unknown Aboriginal men from Western Australia who sought to serve on foreign country at Gallipoli, in the Middle East and in Europe during World War One. 

"Many who sought to serve were not always accepted. The reasons for this are diverse and follow no consistent pattern. For those who survived the battlefield, the equality they experienced while fighting shoulder to shoulder with their non-Aboriginal mates was not always accorded to them on their return home. " 
- Dr Richard Walley OAM, Noongar Elder

At the time, Aboriginal people in Western Australia were regulated by the Aborigines Act of 1905 and many of those who volunteered were driven by a strong desire to improve the social and economic opportunities for themselves and their families.

These stories have an important role to educate and unite all communities.


Hardcopies of No Less Worthy can be purchased from the Western Australian Museum shop and Australian War Memorial shop.

More information

If you would like more information about the project you can contact us at

Aboriginal History WA

State Library of Western Australia, Level 2
Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street, Perth WA 6000

Other publications

2015 -  They Served with Honour acknowledging the 13 Aboriginal Western Australian men who served at Gallipoli


Page reviewed 16 March 2022