Black Diggers [Play]

  • Tom Wright
  • PlayLab
  • 27/1/2015
  • ISBN: 9781921390814

RRP: $25.95 (Inc. GST)


One hundred years ago, in 1914, a bullet from an assassin’s gun in Sarajevo sparked a war that ignited the globe. Patriotic young men all over the world lined up to join the fight – including hundreds of Indigenous Australians. Shunned and downtrodden in their own country — and in fact banned by their own government from serving in the military — Aboriginal men stepped up to enlist. Undaunted, these bold souls took up arms to defend the free world in its time of greatest need. For them, facing the horror of war on a Gallipoli beach was an escape from the shackles of racism at home, at a time when Aboriginal people stood by, segregated, unable to vote, unable to act as their children were ripped from them. When the survivors came back from the war, there was no heroes’ welcome – just a shrug, and a return to drudgery and oppression.

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