Until now, indigenous contributions to Australia's service history have been woefully under-recognised. But we're starting to remedy that.
On Tuesday, Remembrance Day, I hosted a presentation ceremony at Town Hall to honour and thank oral historian Fabri Blackclock and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women who were interviewed for The Eora Journey - a collection of oral histories which will form an important part of our Anzac centenary commemorations.
The audio of the interviews, along with photos and transcripts, are now accessible on the City's Oral Histories website. You can read and listen to them here: http://www.sydneyoralhistories.com.au/
The series includes an interview with Tony Albert, a Girramay man and artist who is creating a large public sculpture in Sydney's Hyde Park to memorialise the Indigenous contribution to Australia's armed forces. In his interview Tony talks about his family's connection with the Services; his training, mentors, and experiences in art; and his plans for the sculpture which will consist of large scale upright and fallen 'bullets'.
We aim to have the work completed and installed for next year's centenary of Anzac as a major component of our Eora Journey pathway through the city.