23 Aug > 11 Sep
Launch: 23 Aug 12 > 2pm
An exhibition acknowledging Shoalhaven Aboriginal Service Men & Women
The IN MEMORY exhibition is a photographic and multimedia display recognising Shoalhaven's Aboriginal service men and women's contribution to Australia's defence force. The exhibition is driven by the stories and reflections on military services, war and homecoming of Aboriginal servicemen and women and their families.
Aboriginal people have a long and proud, often little known history
of contributions to Australia's military efforts. While Australia's official military history has, until recently, neglected and denied the presence of the Aboriginal soldier in the battlefields of Africa, Europe and the Pacific, Shoalhaven families can directly share their experiences handed down through generations. From the Boer War to the World Wars, the Korean War, Vietnam, The Gulf Wars to Peacekeeping
in our region and Afghanistan, and the Reserves, Shoalhaven
Aboriginal men and women continue to make their contribution.
IN MEMORY is a collaboration between Shoalhaven City Arts Centre & Regional Gallery and Shoalhaven City Council's Community Development team in consultation with the local Aboriginal community. Generous research support for the exhibition has also been received from The Australian War Memorial, AIATSIS, local museums, historical associations, Veteran Affairs, and RSL Branches within the Shoalhaven.