During February 2016, I was fortunate enough to complete an internship with the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (OAAV) in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. I was involved in a research project aimed at commemorating Aboriginal people from Victoria who enlisted for service in WWI.
Little published information exists about the involvement of Indigenous Australians in World War I. A comprehensive record of the Aboriginal Victorians that served in the First World War is not readily available; their recorded histories are fragmented, incomplete, and are not collated.
I was fortunate to spend 6 weeks at Aboriginal Victoria as part of the Aurora Internship Program. I was a little apprehensive going into the internship, knowing that due to COVID-19 restrictions it would be done entirely remotely.