Researching Indigenous Soldiers from Queensland Communities - Finding defence records

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history research

Indigenous people have made significant contributions since the Boer War through service in the defence forces. Defence records are not organised on the basis of race, making it difficult to identify how many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders have gone to war. Some researchers have estimated that around 400 served during the First World War.

Indigenous Queenslanders also contributed towards the 'war effort' within civilian organisations like the Women's Land Army and the Civil Construction Corps. Their personal defence records may provide useful family history information. Defence records generally become available for public research thirty years after their creation.

The two major institutions responsible for Australian defence records are the National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial.

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