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Queensland Indigenous Soldiers

By JOL Admin | 26 May 2017

May 1917 saw the lifting of restrictions for the enlistment of men who were of Aboriginal descent.

It is timely that 100 years on, the QANZAC team at the State Library of Queensland will this month begin to showcase stories and portraits of Queensland’s Aboriginal servicemen of the First World War. Through the HistoryPin platform you can view a collection of images chiefly sourced from the Queenslander Pictorial between 1914 and 1920.

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James McBride, Harry Baker, Frank Fisher

Along with their portraits, are included brief biographical descriptions, links to their Service records and other relevant documentary evidence.

To date the State Library of Queensland has identified approx. 275 Indigenous servicemen who were associated with Queensland and of these have located 150 of their portraits.

Please contact us if you would like to add further to this collection, and help us identify even more Indigenous Anzacs.

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