Tag Archives: Boys from Barambah Back

Arthur Riley #Q19613

Arthur Riley, Light Horse Depot Regiment

Indigenous Australian, Arthur RILEY, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Arthur RILEY was born near Gayndah, to Tom Tom Riley and Rosy, in 1889. He was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting Committee on 14 May 1917. The Committee represented by Chaplain Canon David Garland and Chief Protector of … Read more

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