For Country, for Nation

Melbourne Museum

11 Nicholson Street, Melbourne

Melbourne,Victoria-3053

September 2
10:00AM
For Country, for Nation

When the First World War broke out, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had few rights, poor living conditions, and were not allowed to enlist in the war effort. Despite this, many Indigenous people wanted to serve in defence of Australia, and were willing to change their names, birth locations, heritage and nationality in an effort to do so. Developed in collaboration with consultant curator Amanda Jane Reynolds, elders, artists and families, For Country, for Nation brings these moving stories and voices to life through art, dance, music, objects and text. An Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition. This project has been assisted by the Australian Governments Visions of Australia program. Banner Image: A young Reg Saunders surrounded by his mates of the 2/7th Battalion, AIF in Queensland in 1943 (AWM 057894). Source: Image Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

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