The Black Diggers explores the war effort of Aboriginal and Islander Australians during the Second World War and the reasons their contribution has gone unrecognised for so long. This is a comprehensive account of the work black Australians during the years when their country faced the threat of invasion by the Japanese. Despite suspicion and prejudice, they earned a place within the digger legend.
Dr Bob Hall unearthed previously unscrutinised records in Commonwealth and State archives and travelled throughout Australia interviewing Aboriginal, Islander and white Australians.
‘This is a timely and important book. Exhaustively researched, well written, balanced in its treatment and compassionate in its judgements, it sets before the reader a largely forgotten aspect of black–white relations in this country, and then invites us to draw the appropriate conclusions without beating us around the head with them.’
— Jeff Grey, The Canberra Times, 1989