Black Diggers

Black Diggers


Tom Wright

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Western District, Victoria Term Analysis

A large, rural area in the southeastern Australian state of Victoria, which was traditionally occupied by Indigenous people, who were slaughtered and evicted en masse during the 19th century. After World War One, a scene in Black Diggers shows the Soldier Settlement Commission giving away more Aboriginal land in the Western District (where Mick Dempsey lives) to white veterans.

Western District, Victoria Quotes in Black Diggers

The Black Diggers quotes below are all either spoken by Western District, Victoria or refer to Western District, Victoria. 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

For you the war’s over. What’s starting to dawn on me is that, for us, it’s never going to end.

Related Characters: Mick (speaker)
Page Number: 75
Explanation and Analysis:
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Western District, Victoria Term Timeline in Black Diggers

The timeline below shows where the term Western District, Victoria 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
At a public meeting in the Western District of Victoria in 1922, a worker from the Soldier Settlement Commission explains to three farmers that the... (full context)