A soldier who clearly sees the hypocrisy in his treatment during the war. He first jokes about how he is “arriving in boats uninvited on someone’s beach,” which is exactly what European settlers did before slaughtering his ancestors. Later, he complains that he is constantly sent on dangerous reconnaissance duty, presumably because of his race. He fights in Beersheba with The Light Horse, where he finds common ground with a British captain. Decades later in Australia, however, he works at a church, collecting hymn books, and denies having been in Palestine when another man recognizes him. His recognition of his condition and contradictory confrontations with religious symbolism show that he is both forced to fight for the idea of the Australian nation he cannot bring himself to believe in and permanently excluded from full membership in that nation despite his loyalty.
Laurie Character Timeline in Black Diggers
The timeline below shows where the character Laurie appears in Black Diggers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...beach amidst exploding shells, officials cower and prepare for the worst while a soldier named Laurie laughs, wondering “what the old folks would say” about “arriving in boats uninvited on someone’s... (full context)
...a light sweeps past the characters, who fall to the ground. Two white soldiers accost Laurie, arguing that he should know where the light came from because “you have tracking skills... (full context)