The Black Diggers (2nd ed.)

Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the Second World War

Robert Hall,

The Black Diggers: Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the Second World War
 
 

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



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