Aboriginal war volunteer stories brought to life
Friday 5 July 2019
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has launched an updated edition of 'No Less Worthy', which tells the stories of 135 Aboriginal men who volunteered to fight in the Great War.
'No Less Worthy' details not only the lives of Aboriginal soldiers with links to Western Australia who served in WWI, but also the stories of many men who volunteered to fight for their country but were rejected on the grounds of race. Also acknowledged are those who contributed to the war effort in an unofficial capacity.
The first edition was compiled by Aboriginal History, a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and was released in November last year to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice.
The second expanded edition of the book was launched nationally by the Minister at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. It contains additional biographies, photographs and family memorabilia.
Read the media statement.