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There were at least 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men among the 61,000 Australian servicemen in Vietnam. They served for a variety of reasons even though most states restricted Indigenous civil rights. This presentation by Dr Noah Riseman will draw from oral histories and archival records to explore the life experiences of Indigenous Vietnam veterans. It will address issues including why these men enlisted in the armed forces, mateship in war, returning to discrimination and the ways that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vietnam veterans have played long-term leadership and advocacy roles for Indigenous advancement.

Arrive 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Entry by donation. Bookings essential.

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