Blue Mountains City Library is proud to support Naidoc Week 2016 with Katoomba Library hosting a display of artefacts commemorating the dedicated service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the front line for more than a century.
In spite of official policies aimed at discouraging enlistment, some 1,300 Indigenous Australians fought in the First World War, and thousands more served in the Second World War and beyond. For many, their time in the armed services was the first time they were treated as equals.
Filled with real and replica uniforms, equipment and artefacts, this Memorial Box helps unravel the unique wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and commemorates their significant contribution to Australia’s defence.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that the Memorial Box contains content relating to deceased indigenous servicemen and servicewomen.