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ANZAC Day 2018 – A Message from Head of AA

24-Apr-2018

Dear all,

Tomorrow on ANZAC Day, we commemorate the landing at Anzac Cove and the beginning of the Gallipoli campaign.

Most Australians would know the story of the ANZACs at Gallipoli but probably wouldn’t know that an estimated 50 Aboriginal men were on those shores, fighting and dying for their country.

These 50 soldiers at Gallipoli, and the more than 1,000 that served in the First World War, were not recognised as Australian citizens and were barred from joining the military let alone leaving the country, yet they signed up, fought and died in a far away land.

There is no glory in war, but we should not forget the service and sacrifice of all our soldiers.

For those interested in learning more, there is a great documentary you can stream on SBS called Black ANZAC. I also recommend you read Stan Grant’s powerful and personal story from last year about his family’s service, and challenging all of us to remember the wars closer to home.

I wish you all a safe and relaxing ANZAC Day.

Jason Ardler
Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW


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