Black Diggers

Black Diggers


Tom Wright

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The Returned and Services League of Australia, an organization for Australian war veterans that often excluded Indigenous people.
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RSL Term Timeline in Black Diggers

The timeline below shows where the term RSL appears in Black Diggers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act Two
Racism Theme Icon
...fought in the war, says he “never saw any men like you over there.” An RSL secretary tells the worker to let them in, “and anyone else with medals and rosemary,”... (full context)
Racism Theme Icon
War, Violence, and Shell Shock Theme Icon
History, Memory, and the Archive Theme Icon us [Indigenous veterans] by depriving us of our food.” And the seventh implores the RSL to appeal to the State Government and help “grant full citizen privileges to every one... (full context)
End Matter
Racism Theme Icon
History, Memory, and the Archive Theme Icon
...from Indigenous Australians. Indigenous veterans were often deprived of their promised pay and excluded from RSL groups. These soldiers’ contributions are an incredibly important part of Australian Indigenous history, and only... (full context)