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Myrtle DOUGLAS #Q19614

Myrtle Douglas

Indigenous Australian, Myrtle DOUGLAS, Light Horse Depot Battalion. Myrtle DOUGLAS was born in Laura, Queensland in 1885 to Billy and Jessie Douglas. In 1917 Myrtle was living on the Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg. Douglas was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting Committee on 14 … Read more

Daniel Charles HODGES #1666

Pearl Fishing, Thursday Island

Torres Strait Islander, Daniel Charles HODGES, 47th Infantry Battalion. Daniel (Charles) HODGES volunteered to serve with the first AIF in Townsville, February 1916. Born on Thursday Island in 1896 to Charles Hodges and Dinah Walton, Charles was a pearl fisherman before enlisting. He arrived in Egypt in May 1916 and joined the newly formed 47th … Read more

William PAGEL #Q19602

William PAGEL

Indigenous Australian, William PAGEL, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Willie PAGEL was born in 1899 to William Charles (Charlie) Louis Pagel and Helena (Ellen, Nellie) Wilson, an Aboriginal woman. They lived among the fishing community at Dudgeon Creek, Mackay for many years, but in 1917 Willie, his brother Fred and sister Nellie were removed from their … Read more

Henry MONSELL #Q19604

Harry Monsell

Indigenous Australian, Henry MONSELL, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Private Henry (Harry) Monsell, was born in Strathmore, north Queensland in 1889. In 1917 he was living at the Barambah Aboriginal mission, now known as Cherbourg, with his wife Flora and was employed as a stockman. Harry Monsell was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during … Read more

David MOLLOY #2437

David Molloy

Indigenous Australian, David MOLLOY, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Aged just 21, David MOLLOY volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1917 and found himself in the company of quite a number of Indigenous servicemen. Molloy was posted to the 20th Reinforcements for the 11th Light Horse Regiment, later known as the ‘Queensland Black … Read more

Q ANZAC 100 in the Regions: Bundaberg

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

  Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery launched For Country, for Nation exhibition on Friday 13 April 2018. Through objects, photographs, and art commissioned and acquired by the Australian War Memorial, For Country, for Nation tells stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service and sacrifice. At the launch, Gavin Bannerman, Director Queensland Memory spoke about uncovering of … Read more

Frederick MEREDITH #3340

Frederick Meredith

Indigenous Australian, Frederick MEREDITH, 41st Infantry Battalion. Fred MEREDITH, was born in Georgetown, far north Queensland in 1895 to Richard Meredith and Lillian Downs. He was just 22 years old when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in May 1917. He was first allotted to the Light Horse Training Depot, at Rifle Range … Read more