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Robert HUBBARD #Q19603

Robert Hubbard

Indigenous Australian, Robert (Bob) HUBBARD, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Private Robert Hubbard, a stockman from Barambah was born in 1892 to Mary Ann Hubbard. He was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting Committee on 14 May 1917. 10 days later in Brisbane, during a patriot speech given … Read more

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