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Indigenous Family History Research – Searching for your family’s war service records


The following websites are the main sites to visit if you are interested in undertaking research on your family’s Indigenous war service.

The Australian War Memorial – Nominal Roll, Roll of Honour

At the Australian War Memorial website you can search the Nominal Roll of those who served in wars pre-First World War and World War I, and the Roll of Honour of those who died while serving.  The website contains the links to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs website at which you can search the nominal rolls for the Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Gulf War.
http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/
You are able to search the website with the keyword “Indigenous” to find further information about Indigenous men and women’s war service.  This website also has a general Family History section.

National Archives of Australia - War Service Records

The National Archives of Australia holds war service records in the Australian Defence Force from 1901 onwards at:
http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/explore/defence/service-records/index.aspx

From the Homepage of this website you can go to A-Z for Researchers and find a section on “Indigenous Australians”.  This website also has a general Family History section.

The National Archives of Australia also has a website titled Mapping Our Anzacs at http://mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au/  .  On this site you can search not only by name but also by place of birth and/or enlistment.  The site is interactive and you can also add your family’s war records to the site.

Department of Veteran Affairs
The Department of Veteran Affairs website provides  links to the above websites and gives information about how the Department assists war veterans at:
http://www.dva.gov.au/benefitsAndServices/ind/Pages/Familyhistory.aspx
This website has links to web pages about Indigenous Australians at War, Indigenous Commemorative Events, Indigenous service in the Armed Forces, and the Indigenous Veterans Liaison Officers’ Network.


Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies – Family History Unit and Library

The Family History Unit of The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) has prepared a list of resources for researching your  family’s Indigenous war service at
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This page also includes links to interesting websites about Indigenous servicemen and women and a link to Mura® , the AIATSIS catalogues. In Mura® you can search the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index, which is a general name list of Indigenous people in published sources.

Group portrait of the special platoon consisting of Aboriginal Soldiers, all volunteers, at Number 9 camp at Wangaratta with Corporal Mullett (left), Major Joseph Albert Wright (centre) and Sergeant Morris (right). Major Wright, a World War 1 Light Horse veteran, was in charge of this Platoon, which was the only Aboriginal squad in the Australian Military forces

AIATSIS Library would love to hear from you if you can identify any more of the men in the photo.

Australian War Memorial: P02140.122