Title: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteers for the AIF – the Indigenous Response to World War One
Author: Scarlett, Philippa
Edition: 3rd Edition (Updated Edition)
Publication Date: 2015
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 175 pages
Comments: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteers for the AIF: The Indigenous response to World War One is a compilation by Philippa Scarlett that identifies 815 Indigenous men who enlisted or attempted to enlist in the first World War.
The alphabetical listing draws upon a range of source materials, including the National Archives and Australian War Memorial records. Reveille, the journal of the Returned Sailors’, Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Imperial League of Australia (RSSAILA) was another rich source of information as several issues during 1931-32 identified Aboriginals who served in WW1. Reveille also encouraged readers to provide details of Aboriginal soldiers who fought alongside them; the Aboriginal Protectors from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria also provided names of men who enlisted from the respective Government missions.
Part Two of the book entails the referenced alphabetical listing of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders who volunteered for the AIF. This reference has already generated great interest and Philippa has published a second edition which updates the original listing of 815 – contacts from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families has resulted in the identification of approximately 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women volunteering for the AIF during WW1.
This reference book is an excellent starting point for identifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers, whether it be for family history or adding to the local history of a town or community.
Includes – Detailed list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage who volunteered for the first AIF