20th April - 19th June
Open during library hours
Serving Country shares the remarkable first person stories of 75 years of over 150 Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women’s experiences in Australia’s Defence forces.
This exhibition reminds us that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Diggers served in Australia's Defence forces well before they were granted the most basic rights of citizenship in 1967. Serving Country aims to honour and recognise this service and to acknowledge the positive roles service men and women play within the community.
This moving and meaningful exhibition is a platform for sharing stories, both inspiring and devastating.
Photo credit: The image above shows (from left to right):
Marjorie Tripp AO, (deceased), Women's Royal Australian Navy: "Loved it, my life is better because of it."
Tim Walk, Royal Australian Air Force: "To serve your country is to be humble and give it all for the freedom of others."
Colin Watego OAM, Warrant Officer Class One, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, Senior Indigenous Military Advisor, Australian Defence Force: "Never let the fear of failure prevent you from succeeding."
Hayden Neill, Private, rifleman with 5RAR in Darwin "Wearing the same unifrom as my father is a dream come true. Wearing this uniform and being Indigenous is priceless."
Serving Country: Poppy Workshop
Serving Country Exhibition Launch