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The plaque on the war memorial commemorates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have served in World War One.

Officially, around 1000 Aborigines served in World War One and 5000 in World War Two, but the figure could be far higher as at the time the Veterans Affairs Department was required only to list names and not cultural backgrounds.

Upon return to Australia, Aboriginal diggers received not thanks but ignorance and racism, and were ineligible for land grants provided to other returned veterans. Membership of Returned Services Leagues clubs was also denied. 


Address:Guildford Road & Eighth Avenue, War Memorial, Maylands Town Hall Gardens, Maylands, 6051
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.930301
Long: 115.894673
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 6th July, 2015
Front Inscription

This memorial is in honour of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served our nation during WW1. 

They volunteered so our nation would remain free.

"Lest We Forget"

Source: MA
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