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Diggers of the Dreaming: Secondary

Author: Watts, R. T. (Editor)
ISBN: 9781741620122

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Australia has taken part in numerous wars in the time since colonisation, and much of Australia's national identity is linked to the triumphs and losses of the defense forces. This book details a history of Australia's involvement in war, and the Indigenous servicemen and women who made their mark in times of war. A great resource for Modern History, Australian History and Anzac Day lessons.

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Aboriginal ANZACs is a brief overview of the contributions that the First Australians have made to Australia's Defence Forces. Starting in the Boer War (1899-1902) they have been involved in every major conflict Australia has faced! The actual numbers have been sadly missed as Aborigines, in many cases, were enlisted as Spanish, Indians, and other nationalities due to racial restrictions on their enlistment as First Australians. The likely number for World War One is 500 and for World War Two it was probably over 5000. This book cannot do justice to this long and proud record and is simply serving to focus a spotlight on the continuing involvement of Aborigines in Australia's Defence Forces.

Aborigines were used in the Boer War as trackers and in later wars they ranged from horsemen to infantry personnel. In World War Two the range increased to commandos in coastwatch teams behind Japanese lines and many other roles. Vietnam and Middle East wars saw further involvement in all parts of the services. The current enlistment of Aboriginal defence service staff ranges across all defence sectors - army, navy and air force!

These Aboriginal ANZACs were a proud and significant group who through tenacity, physical, and mental skills were able to play a significant contribution to Australia's war efforts. The stories are sad for some, proud for most and full of hope for a people to endure from racial and material adversity. Lest We Forget!

Over 60 pages of information, exercises, Internet research, group activities and much more. Activities to cover an extended series of lessons on the topic.

Additional Information

Subtitle No
Author Watts, R. T. (Editor)
Series Name Indigenous Studies Teacher Guide
Series Number 11
ISBN 9781741620122
Format Paperback
Pages No
Publisher Knowledge Books and Software
Publication Date 01/12/2013
Curriculum No
Weight (kg) 0.5000