Back to Being Black
By John Lovett, 2010 3:56 minutes
Add Your Work
How were Indigenous veterans treated upon their return from service?
John explains the camaraderie and equality that existed among the troops in World War I: “The men in that war fought together against the enemy. Australians side by side. Black and white fellas trusting in one another – mates, equality.”
- What do you think would create this equality in the battlefield?
When his father returned to Australia, John explains: “Finally the war was over but one horror turned into another.”
- What was the horror for Herbert?
- What was the final insult?
- John says his father “became a part-time father to me”. Why?
Although his father died over 30 years ago, John concludes that: “The recognition and the benefits that were not given to my father and other Indigenous veterans and their families from the First and Second World Wars – this still is a big issue for me.”
For many the racism that underpinned the discrimination towards Indigenous Australians before and after World War I remains an issue.
The repercussions of the Aborigines Protection Act 1869 are felt to this day.
- What other policies did this Act lead on to? What were the implications of these policies and other limitations on freedoms that resulted from this Act?
- What parallels have been drawn between the Aborigines Protection Act 1869 and current policies?
John speaks of ‘honour’ and ‘honouring’ when he tells his father’s story.
- How important is honour for our individual and national identity? Discuss.
Research: the Hindenburg Line
Herbert fought along the Hindenburg Line.
- What was this line?
- Where did it stretch from and to?
- What was the strategic thinking behind the creation of the Hindenburg Line?
ACMI feedback prompt
Let us know what you think!
We'd love to hear your thoughts on Storyboard Generator. Your feedback will help shape its future...
This survey will only take a few minutes.