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I read the ABC website alot and recent read an article which i had overlook for almost 12 months, the interesting story is one about aboriginal war veterans Or atleast one of them.

You see my father used to tell me many stories about our ancestors, losts of those stories also contained stories about our grandfather and uncles that had what dad called “TERRORS” from the war. For many years aboriginal people including our war veterans have been shunned to the back and told to shut up so its good to see these sorts of information coming to light.

One particular story my dad spoke about was an uncle who’s name i will leave out who used to drink alot at the pubs, after a few beers out would come uncles stories about his travels in the war. These stories continued deep into the night, but one too many beers later and “THE TERRORS” would start. Uncle used to hear the bombs landing and also the yelling and screaming of i guess his friends Or maybe the enemy.

These “TERRORS” lead to uncle jumping or wrestling the nearest person to him to the ground and yelling “LOOK OUT”, or “SHUT UP THEY’LL HEAR YOU”.

The moral of the story is like so many aussie veterans, aboriginal veterans had terrible trauma after the wars and from what i know both colors had nowhere to turn once they got home. What a disgrace on our governments behalf? The good of this post is below, please read it it’s a lovely story about our ancestors and their heroic job of tunnelers.

Last year a grainy photo of an Aboriginal soldier who fought in World War I was published on ABC Online and in newspapers in a bid by a group of filmmakers to learn the man’s identity. All the filmmakers knew was that he was one of around 5,000 tunnellers who spent the war laying mines under German trenches on the Western Front.

Aboriginal war veteran named Herbet Murray - tunneller from the WWI

Aboriginal WWI

The mines were detonated to blow up the trenches overhead and create breaches in the front line which could then be exploited by conventional infantry attacks.

Now, for the first time, the Aboriginal soldier can be identified as Herbert Murray. Ross Thomas, who is involved in the Beneath Hill 60 film project, originally found the 1917 snapshot. It depicts seven men in slouch hats before they are sent into the tunnels, but does not name them.

It’s been haunting me for a number of years” Mr Thomas said.

Now an amateur historian in Canberra has found another photo of the same soldier that does have a name. ”The match is nigh on perfect and quite emotional to see that match” Mr Thomas said.

Sapper Murray, from Victoria, may have been the only tunneller out of the 500 or so Aboriginal men who fought in World War I. Sapper Murray would have spent the war in cramped and perilous conditions underground, trying to break the deadlock on the Western Front. Historian Jonathan King says Australian tunnellers’ war efforts have been largely overlooked in favour of the men who fought in the trenches. ”They were the heroes because they were above ground and were easy to see” Mr King said.

The tunnellers were under the ground. Nobody quite realised what they were doing.“ The Australian War Memorial has tunnellers’ unit diaries, but there is little else to mark their contribution to the war. Mr Thomas says the tunnellers have largely been forgotten because of a political and military amnesia at the time.

It was the ungentleman-like way of fighting,” he said. ”This whole concept of tunnelling below the enemy lines and placing a charge wasn’t the honourable way of killing.“ Dr Peter Pederson, senior historian at the Australian War Memorial, says in proportion to the army as a whole, tunnellers represent a very small element.

Their work naturally was accompanied by very high security; the fewer people who knew about it the better and it just didn’t have the dash or the impact that a big attack above ground would have,” Dr Pederson said.

But most of the mine craters, the big mine craters, are still there. They’re an evocative reminder of what happened.

-Adapted from story read from ABC website

9th World Indigenous Women and Wellness Conference

Indigenous Women

9th World Indigenous Women and Wellness Conference:

The Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation will proudly host the 9th World Indigenous Women and Wellness Conference from Sunday 22nd August to Wednesday 25 August, 2010.

We welcome all people who are interested in or concerned with Indigenous women and wellness to get involved in the conference. We particularly encourage the participation of Indigenous women. Its inspiring to see aboriginal communities like this mob doing real on the ground work to innovate culture, im all for community, promotion and teaching our cultures to the public and children. The conference has some great themes along the lines thier words here:

To achieve our goal, we have five interconnected themes for paper and poster presentations by academics, practitioners, leaders and elders.  These are:

Healthy Communities:

Managing alcohol and drugs; Housing for health and wellbeing;  Caring for country; Arts and culture; Homelessness;  Relating to other cultural groups; Overcoming trauma.

Strong Families

Community connections; Engaging youth; Positive parenting; The role of the contemporary Indigenous man, woman and elder; Respecting elders; Violence and relationships; Leadership; Community concepts.

Traditional healing and health

Traditional healers and bush tukka; Belief systems; The role of Western medicine; Mental health.

Law and Justice

Sovereign rights; Political rights and self determination; Traditional and mainstream law working together;Incarceration and recidivism; Human rights; Displacement and migration; Interventions

Education, training and enterprise

Educating mainstream; Bilingual learning; Economic independence; Good education; Working for family/community.

If your interested in the conference or attending then head over to their website and get the full details, conference bookings, co-ordinator and program details are all there. Enjoy