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Defending Country

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service Since 1945

Richard Trembath Noah Riseman



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Queensland Univ. Press
28 March 2016
Defending Country is the first book to document the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women in the post-Second World War era. Using a combination of personal narratives and documentary evidence, it examines how participation in the military impacted on the lives of Australian Indigenous service personnel. It also reveals how Indigenous involvement in Australia's defence has contributed to the advancement of Indigenous rights, both for the individual servicemen and women and in Australia at large. There is little public awareness about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service, and even less so about the post-Second World War era.

Based on a combination of archival research and oral history testimonies, Defending Country is a compelling account of the wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women. It examines what motivated Indigenous people to serve, experiences in combat (i.e. Vietnam) and non-combat roles, interactions with non-Indigenous service personnel, work in the women's services (1951-85), racism in the armed forces, return to civilian life, the Returned and Services League's (RSL) relationship with Indigenous Australians and the role of the Australian Defence Force to promote Reconciliation.
By:   Richard Trembath, Noah Riseman
Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 227mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   353g
ISBN:   9780702253997
ISBN 10:   0702253995
Publication Date:   28 March 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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