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Stories of war and peace wanted for Oral Histories

Stories of war and peace wanted for Oral Histories

Calling Aboriginal service men and women

Former and current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women are sought to share their stories of war and peace for a special oral history project.

Aboriginal artist and curator Fabri Blacklock will select up to 20 stories to take pride of place on the City of Sydney’s new website, Oral Histories, featuring a collection of audio recordings, transcripts and photographs.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it was important to acknowledge the valuable contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been serving in the Australian military since before the Boer War, right back to the 1860s,” the Lord Mayor said.

“These oral histories are an important way of ensuring their stories of war and peace are not lost to history, but are recorded and made available online so that future generations can learn and remember.

“To commemorate their service and sacrifice, the City has commissioned an artwork to be installed in Hyde Park in 2015, in time for the Anzac centenary.”

Ms Blacklock is a descendant of the Ngarabal and Biripi peoples of NSW. She said there was very little record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service history, so she looked forward to documenting the stories of service men and women with a connection to Sydney.

“Many of the older fellas went to fight in wars in Vietnam and were treated as equals on the war fields, but when they came back to Australia, it was back to segregation and many weren’t allowed in pubs or clubs, so those stories are interesting to document,” Ms Blacklock said.

“Everybody’s stories are important, so we’re also interested in hearing from current serving members, especially women and others who assisted in the war effort.”

Contacts

Fabri Blacklock
Artist/curator

Links

Sydney Oral Histories

Image courtesy of City of Sydney Archives: NSCA CRS 904/A001.

Last updated: Thursday, 16 January 2014