Peak Collecting Institutions

Download the guide: Resources for researching Indigenous participation in war [PDF 433.6 KB]

Researchers and community members are also encouraged to access collections and materials from other institutions that have an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their histories and lifestyles.

Australian National University

The Australian National University has been undertaking a research project into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Australia's Defence Forces from the Boer War to 2000.  Further details on the Our Mob Served project, visit their webpages:

Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial ( has an extensive collection, including online resources to support research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander involvement in WW1. If you know the person’s name, a good starting point is the AWM ’search for a person’ webpage: which allows you to search indexes and nominal rolls for all wars that involved Australian defence forces.

Other useful webpages on their site include:

National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia ( has an extensive online collection of digitised materials, including service records; the Record Search facility allows researchers, community members, etc. to narrow their search to specific wars. If a person’s name is known, the surname details can be used as the search term – generally the full Service Record [Attestation Form; Medical Info; Service Duty, etc.] is accessible via a digitised copy. Service Records for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may also include a reference to their Aboriginality in their Medical Information.

The National Archives of Australia currently have an exhibition featuring Indigenous soldiers and their fight for social justice - Facing Two Fronts:

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