"At least 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers served in World War I, according to the Australian War Memorial.
While the Defence Force provided mostly equal conditions for all personnel during WWI, indigenous diggers arrived home to find the treatment was short lived.
In the face of widespread and ingrained racism, many returned to Australia believing their military service would improve their status in the eyes of the authorities. But they were wrong.
Instead, they found they were not allowed into RSL clubs or offered assistance by Legacy. Others ended their days as “inmates” in asylums including those at Cherbourg and Charters Towers, Queensland.
Some were never given a proper service grave or do not have their names on official cenotaphs. As many as 8000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may have enlisted during World War II and more were deliberately denied due to their race.
It is not known exactly how many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women served during wartime because there was no indigenous identification process in the Defence Force until the 1990s.
Today indigenous veterans and their families lead the national Anzac Day march in Canberra for the first time.
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