ACARA news, November 2020

We will always remember

11 November 2020

Today, we remember those who died or suffered for Australia's cause in wars and armed conflicts. This year, Remembrance Day falls during NAIDOC week, and we’d also like to pay special tribute to the brave Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in our military forces.

Douglas Grant was born on the lands of the Ngadjonji Nation, in the Bellenden Ker Ranges in the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, and later served in World War I. He was a prisoner of war in Germany and when he returned to Australia, lobbied for Aboriginal rights and became an activist in returned servicemen’s affairs. You can read Douglas Grant’s fascinating story and stories of other Aboriginal soldiers who served in the First World War on the Australian War Memorial website. In History in the Australian Curriculum, students can investigate key aspects of World War I and Australian experiences of war.