An elderly Aboriginal man who has lived all his life on his family’s ancestral land in New South Wales, he encourages his grandson Bertie to remember Indigenous people’s long fight against and suffering because of white settler colonialism, and to think twice about fighting in the war on behalf of “Australia,” an abstraction created by the white people who have stolen their land. At the end of the story, after Bertie’s return home, Grandad reminisces about how beautiful his land used to be, before white settlers destroyed it for irrigation, a metaphor for Bertie’s own destruction in the war.
Bertie’s Grandad Quotes in Black Diggers
The Black Diggers quotes below are all either spoken by Bertie’s Grandad or refer to Bertie’s Grandad. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Playlab edition of Black Diggers published in 2015.).
Act One Quotes
Act Two Quotes
You know, even when the fires had been through, the little green shoots came up everywhere. Little tiny tender shoots, up from the bones. But that’s all lost now.
Bertie’s Grandad Character Timeline in Black Diggers
The timeline below shows where the character Bertie’s Grandad appears in Black Diggers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.