Defending Country is the first book to document the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women in the post-Second World War era. Using a combination of personal narratives and documentary evidence, it examines how participation in the military impacted on the lives of Australian Indigenous service personnel. It also reveals how Indigenous involvement in Australia's defence has contributed to the advancement of Indigenous rights, both for the individual servicemen and women and in Australia at large. There is little public awareness about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service, and even less so about the post-Second World War era.
Based on a combination of archival research and oral history testimonies, Defending Country is a compelling account of the wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women. It examines what motivated Indigenous people to serve, experiences in combat (i.e. Vietnam) and non-combat roles, interactions with non-Indigenous service personnel, work in the women's services (1951-85), racism in the armed forces, return to civilian life, the Returned and Services League's (RSL) relationship with Indigenous Australians and the role of the Australian Defence Force to promote Reconciliation.
About the Author
Dr. Noah Risemanis a Senior Lecturer in History at Australian Catholic University. He specialises in the history of marginalized groups in the Australian Defence Force, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. His first book, Defending Whose Country? Indigenous Soldiers in the Pacific Warwas shortlisted for the 2013 Chief Minister s Northern Territory History Award. His PhD was also the recipient of the 2009 CEW Bean Prize for Military History.Dr Richard Trembathis a historian currently teaching at the University of Melbourne. With Donna Hellier he wrote All Care and Responsibility: A History of Nursing in Victoria. In 2005 he published A Different Sort of War: Australians in Korea 1950 53. Then, in conjunction with Colin Holden, he published Divine Discontent The Brotherhood of St Laurence: A History, which appeared in 2008. Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting, written in collaboration with Fay Anderson, was published in 2011 and was listed for a Walkley Award."
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 28th March 2016
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.4 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1