Treated as equals by whitefellas for the first time on the battlefield, as many as 9000 #Aboriginal
served during the Boer War, World War I and II. They returned to Australia only to be shunned by a society that didn't recognise their service, many not allowed in an #RSL
or offered assistance by Legacy. Some had their land confiscated while serving and were "chucked on the mission" upon return. And to this day, Aboriginal #ANZACs
don't have their names listed on memorial walls.
After the Boer War, 50 #FirstNations
servicemen were refused return into Australia because of the #WhiteAustraliaPolicy.
And let's not forget that it wasn't until 1967 that First Nations people were recognised legislatively as human beings outside of the Flora and Fauna Act.
Today First Nations veterans will lead the national #AnzacDay
march for the first time.
📷 Private Miller Mack of the 50th Battalion. Served in France, 1918.