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Deep In The Trenches (Primary School Stories)

Selected stories selected from Deep In The Trenches that are Primary School Friendly.


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Reginald Saunders MBE

Reginald 'Reg' Saunders was the first Aboriginal person to be commissioned as an officer in the Australian Army; a significant accomplishment at a time when Aboriginal people were often discriminated against.

Kath Walker

Oodgeroo Noonuccal, sometimes known as Kath Walker, served in the Australian Women's Service for four years (1940-44) during the Second World War and later participated in the Army's rehabilitation scheme by training in secretarial work and book-keeping. She went on to become one of Australia's most respected and admired poets, educators and influential political activists.

Len Waters

Leonard Waters is the only known Aboriginal fighter pilot to serve in World War Two. He was an 18-year-old shearer from Nindigully, Queensland, when he joined the RAAF-Royal Australian Air Force on August 24, 1942 as a flight mechanic.