lndigenous Australians at war

The front door of the Phyllis Palmer GalleryThe Shrine of Remembrance's Trustees are proud to announce that the Indigenous Australians at war: from the Boer War to the present touring exhibition opens in Bendigo on 17 January 2013. The exhibition will be formally launched at the Phyllis Palmer Gallery at La Trobe University, Visual Arts & Design, Gate 8, Sharon Street, Bendigo at 5:30 pm on Thursday 24 January. The touring exhibition will be hosted at the Phyllis Palmer Gallery from Thursday 17 January to Friday 22 February 2013.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders stories presented in this exhibition are drawn from all over Australia. Aboriginal men and women have combined modern military and uniquely indigenous skills in the service of their country. The exhibition covers their contributions to wartime activities in the Boer War (1899-1902), the First World War (1914-18), Second World War (1939-45), Korean War (1950-53), Vietnam War (1963-72), and in subsequent conflicts and peacekeeping. The opportunity to serve in Australia's armed forces gave many the experience of liberation from racial stereotypes for the first time. Oral histories reveal that while racism might emerge behind the lines, when serving at the front line, all were alike in their concerns to survive and consider one another.

The history of conflict between Aboriginal and non-indigenous Australians, combined with the lack of equal rights, throws into perspective the subject of this exhibition. Well before 1967 when Aboriginal Australians received citizenship, these stories of our shared history were unfolding.

The Shrine Trustees are proud to present Indigenous Australians at war: from the Boer War to the present and gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of the Australian Government through the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, Victorian Veterans Council, Citywide and Toll IPEC for to the development of this exhibition.

Shrine of Remembrance media contact:

Lana Epshteyn - Ph (03) 9661 8102, 0407 321 338, E lepshtevn@,shrine.org.au

Phyllis Palmer Gallery contact:

Candy Stevens – Gallery Administrator, La Trobe University E candy.stevens@latrobe.edu.au Ph (03) 5444 7917

Trustees * John Wertheimer* David Grierson * David McLachlan * Dimity Reed * Lord Mayor* JoAnne Stephenson * Dr Heleh Drennen
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