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Wollongong’s first memorial to fallen Aboriginal soldiers

Private Frank Archibald.

Private Frank Archibald.

WOLLONGONG’S first memorial plaque commemorating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women of Australia who fought in battle defending the nation will be unveiled tomorrow (Tuesday).

At the event, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery and Uncle Richard Archibald will unveil the plaque at the Wollongong cenotaph at 2.30pm.

Mr Archibald’s descendent, Private Frank Richard Archibald died fighting on the Kokoda Trail in a battle to defend Australia on November 24 1942.

A campaign after years of fundraising enabled six Aboriginal family members and others to the gravesite of their fallen relative, Private Frank Archibald, at Bomana War Cemetery in Papua New Guinea Last Anzac Day.

When they attended to the gravesite, family members carried out a culturally appropriate Aboriginal ceremony that finally bought to rest the spirit of their fallen family member.

The Kokoda Aboriginal Serviceman’s Campaign Committee will now be holding a special event to commemorate all Aboriginal fallen soldiers. The event will be followed by the world premiere of the Kokoda documentary DVD.

Spirit of the Warriors is a 30 minute documentry telling the story of the epic journey to bring the spirits of six Aboriginal soldiers who fell on the Kokoda Track back to their Country.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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