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An honour roll commemorates the indigenous personnel who served in World War One and World War Two. The honour roll lists the names of 11 men from Aurukun who joined the Torres Light Infantry in World War Two. At the Anzac Day service in 2015, two specially-cast  bronze plaques were placed on either side of the roll. 

The plaques celebrate Aurukun’s connection to its brothers in the Torres Strait, where soldiers from Aurukun joined the defence contingent in the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion. The two plaques depict local soldiers in uniform and an appropriate Australian military crest. The plaques were mainly funded through Queensland Government’s ANZAC Centenary Grants Program.

On September 13 1943, eleven men from the remote indigenous community enlisted and joined the Torres Strait Light Infantry. An Australian Water Transport Group vessel had visited Aurukun, Weipa and Mapoon, specifically to recruit Aboriginal men. Many of those men had worked in the pearling lugger fleets that plied Torres Strait in those days. The military placed a high value on their knowledge of the remote Cape country & the challenging seas around Cape York.

Exact details of their military service are not known, but the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion played a vital role in protecting the maritime borders of far north Queensland and supporting the effort against Japanese forces in Papua New Guinea. It’s not well known that after Darwin, Horn Island, in the Torres Strait, was the second most attacked piece of Australian territory during World War Two. In all, 870 men from Cape York & Torres Strait served with the Light Infantry.



Address:39 Kang Kang Road, Aurukun Shire Council , Aurukun, 4871
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -13.355127
Long: 141.728499
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Honour Roll
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 25th April, 2013
Front Inscription

Memorial To The Aurukun People Who Served Our Nation

Nominal Roll

Australian Military Forces

1914 – 1918


1939 -1945


Aurukun  Council


Source: MA
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