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Black and white photo of aboriginal serviceman on a horse carrying a gun.
23 April 2016

They served with honour: Untold stories of Western Australian aboriginal servicemen at Gallipoli

  • Perth Cultural Centre

Come hear a talk focusing on the untold stories of the thirteen Aboriginal soldiers from Western Australia that served at Gallipoli during World War I.

While the lives of these soldiers speak a universal tale of courage, love and loss; their stories also provide a glimpse of the individual struggles of Aboriginal people living under the restrictive policies of the time.

Despite the sacrifice and courage these men showed at Gallipoli and on other battlefields across the Western Front, on their return these servicemen were not accorded the same opportunities and freedoms as their non-Aboriginal mates. Denied equal rights, these Aboriginal soldiers often found their transition to civilian life doubly traumatic.

Through the work of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, these stories have been gathered together and recorded for the first time in a comprehensive book, They Served With Honour: Untold Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli, published as part of the Gallipoli Centennial celebrations. Please come along to this event and help celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal people to the Western Australian history.

Image Courtesy: Family of Frederick Leslie Sayers


This is a Department of Aboriginal Affairs event. Visit website

Dates and times

  • 23 April 2016 11:00am - 11:30am

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