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History Week: Black Diggers - Patriots or Political Activists?

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by Belinda Price (subscribe)
Arts & Entertainment Lover in Ballarat.
Having attended a live performance of Wesley Enoch's theatre production of Black Diggers on ANZAC Day this year, I have a better understanding of the Aboriginal men who went to fight in World War I.

Jessica Horton will be discussing the topic "Black Diggers: Patriots or Political Activists?". This talk will take place on 10 September as part of History Week and is presented by the History Council of NSW's Speaker Connect Program.

Image from Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts website

She will explore questions and archival evidence raised about Aboriginal people's war time experience, their political struggle for change and the meaning of this military service for individuals, communities and the nation.

Currently, she is completing a history PhD at La Trobe University about the letter writing of Aboriginal people in Victoria in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

Image from Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts website

Having published academic articles on this subject in History Australia and the Journal of Australian Studies, she is also working on a project for Aboriginal Affairs Victoria collating research material about Aboriginal men who enlisted in the First World War.

Come to the free talk about the Aborigines who joined the military during the World War I, otherwise known as the "Black Diggers" at the Sydney Mechanic's School of Arts on 10 September at 12.30pm.
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Why? To learn about the Aborigines who went to war
When: 10 September
Phone: 02 9262 7300
Where: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Cost: Free
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