Tag Archives: Indigenous Soldiers Back

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


Guest Blogger: Michael Brumby, Charters Towers Archives The two day Recruitment Conference held at the Dalrymple Shire Hall in Charters Towers in early January 1917 attracted local government delegates from all parts of the Kennedy Federal Electorate, as far west to Cloncurry, south to Winton and Georgetown in the north. Sustaining enlistment numbers was foremost … Read more

Black Diggers by Tom Wright: Queensland Theatre Company production

A song in Black Diggers

In 2015, State Library acquired a filmed simulcast performance of the Queensland Theatre Company production of Tom Wright’s Black Diggers. Directed by Wesley Enoch, this production toured Australia after a successful run in Brisbane, and this simulcast was made on 8 October 2014. Through a series of interweaving vignettes, Black Diggers reveals the largely untold story of … Read more