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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

Walter POLLOCK #7291

Walter Pollock

Indigenous Australian, Walter POLLOCK, 15th Infantry Battalion Walter POLLOCK put his name forward to volunteer for the first AIF in November 1916, 10 days after his younger brother Frank. Born at Noondoo Station, in 1890 to Maggie Freeman (later Green) and David Pollock, Walter was a station hand at Noondoo, like his brother. Walter was … Read more

Frank POLLOCK #644

Frank Pollock

Indigenous Australian, Frank POLLOCK, 4th Machine Gun Battalion Frank POLLOCK just 21 years old volunteered to serve with the First AIF in October 1916, 10 days before his older brother Walter also stepped forward. Frank was born in 1895 to David Pollock and Maggie Freeman (later Green) at Noondoo Station, situated between Dirranbandi and Thallon, … Read more