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Indigenous recruits rejected at camp

In May 1917, the Australian Government issued a Military Order (No. 200) which relaxed the Defence Act (1903) provisions around indigenous enlistment. A resounding ‘No’ vote in the 1916 conscription referendum, heavy losses on the Western Front, and a decreasing number of willing recruits, prompted authorities to consider other strategies to fulfill the recruiting quota. … Read more

First Indigenous Australian decorated in World War One Private Maitland Madge MM Bravery in the Field.

Guest Blogger: Tilly Geary Maitland Madge was born in March 1894 at Cooktown, Cape York to Ella an Indigenous woman and Richard Madge an immigrant from Devon, England. In 1905 possibly to prevent his son from being taken away to a government mission Richard Madge applied for Maitland to be exempted from the Aboriginals Protection … Read more

Harold WALSH #4447

Harold Walsh, 11th Light Horse Regiment

Indigenous Australian, Harold WALSH, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Harold WALSH (1895-1974) was born at Duaringa near Rockhampton. When he enlisted in the first AIF in January 1918 he did not name any living relatives, instead listed ‘friend’ Mrs Amelia Grace Bromley as his next of kin. Harold was sent to Brisbane where he did his … Read more

Charles WALSH #24222

Charles Walsh, Reserve Regiment

Indigenous Australian, Charles WALSH, Reserve Unit Charles WALSH was born on Torella / Torilla Station, central Queensland in 1900 and was working at Blairmore Station, Gayndah when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in September 1918. Assigned to the Reserve Unit at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera he was given ‘home leave’ in anticipation … Read more