Fighters from the Fringe

Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders recall the Second World War

by Robert Hall

Thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people served their country during the Second World War and this book focuses on the experiences of six.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was a wireless operator whose brothers were prisoners of war.

Reg Saunders served in Greece and New Guinea, as the first Aboriginal officer in the Australian Army, and later in Korea.

Leonard Waters trained and served as the first Aboriginal fighter pilot.

Charles Mene, a Torres Strait Islander, served throughout the war and was awarded the Military Medal in the Korean War.

Saulo Waia, a pearl fisher, defended the Strait with fellow soldiers while non-indigenous people were evacuated.

Other Islanders like Tom Lowah gave years of service and received lower pay than white servicemen.

  • Aboriginal Studies Press; November 1995
  • ISBN: 9780855755119
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Fighters from the Fringe
  • Author: Robert Hall
  • Imprint: Aboriginal Studies Press