Black Diggers

Black Diggers

by

Tom Wright

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In Australia and New Zealand, a national holiday honoring military veterans (and, originally and specifically, veterans of the ANZAC in World War One). In a number of scenes in the play, the Indigenous soldiers struggle to win recognition for their service even on Anzac Day, but it is also the only occasion on which they can earn equal treatment to their white compatriots after the war.
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Anzac Day Term Timeline in Black Diggers

The timeline below shows where the term Anzac Day appears in Black Diggers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act Two
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In a pub on Anzac Day in 1932, a pub worker kicks Archie and another digger out, even though they are... (full context)
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History, Memory, and the Archive Theme Icon
...a little bit every year. He gave the pieces to his grandchildren, and the next Anzac Day he went into town in the rain, feeling “about as lonely as a black bastard... (full context)
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War, Violence, and Shell Shock Theme Icon
...big world” beyond. The nurse reminds Nigel to join the following morning’s service (presumably for Anzac Day ). Nigel says, “I don’t want to join in. I don’t belong.” The light fades... (full context)