John M Skillington

Khaki and Ochre (hidden warriors)

Oil and acrylic on paper

48 x 72cm

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At the beginning of the twentieth century indigenous soldiers fought for their country as equals but without official status. With the promise of a better life upon their return to country, these warriors were, for the first time in their lives, treated with a level of respect and equality befitting their courage.

Returning home to a promise unfulfilled it would be half a century before Australia’s indigenous soldiers could expect to be fully recognised as members of the armed forces and in turn recall the courageous tenacity and commitment to country of such warrior forebears as Pemulwuy and Jandamarra.