Black Diggers

Black Diggers


Tom Wright

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A suburb of Sydney, where the town hall that opens Act Two takes place.

Glebe Quotes in Black Diggers

The Black Diggers quotes below are all either spoken by Glebe or refer to Glebe. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Australian Nationhood and Indigenous Dispossession Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Playlab edition of Black Diggers published in 2015.
Act Two Quotes

It might have passed some of the less observant of you, but I happen to be aboriginal. My ancestors came up from Mackey river way. And I’m proud of it. But I have to say, thank God for the Army. Thank God for the uniform and the chance to serve. Because when I was a whippersnapper and first joined up I was just another woebegone failure. And in the army, you earn your way. You take on dignity. A dignity perhaps that no-one was going to let you have back home. But in the service, you are forged into something … not white, you’re not erased of your past, but it’s … it’s … incorporated into who you are, and you realize — maybe in those hideous moments in hell on earth, maybe on parade, maybe with mates, I don’t know — you realize, “I belong.” And I came back, and like you gentlemen I found myself identifying with Australia. It wasn’t for them or about them. It was for me too.

Related Characters: Bloke With a Glass of Wine (speaker)
Page Number: 66-67
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Glebe Term Timeline in Black Diggers

The timeline below shows where the term Glebe appears in Black Diggers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act Two
Australian Nationhood and Indigenous Dispossession Theme Icon
Racism Theme Icon
In the Sydney suburb of Glebe, after World War Two in 1949, a “bloke with a glass of wine” gives a... (full context)