YININMADYEMI Thou didst let fall, artwork by Tony Albert (Photograph by Paul Patterson, image courtesy City of Sydney)

YININMADYEMI Thou didst let fall

This major artwork in Hyde Park South honours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served in our nation’s military and their families. Sydney-based artist Tony Albert created the work, inspired by the story of his grandfather Eddie Albert’s narrow wartime escape. The work is also based on research Read More

Official commemoration and wreath-laying for Aboriginal ex-servicemen at the ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park on 11 July 1969. Ken Colbung, along with two Aboriginal children from Green Valley, Robert Ridgeway and Peter Lonsdale, laid wreaths on behalf of the older and younger generation (Photograph courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, APA 31662).

Recognising military service

Author: Catherine Freyne On National Aborigines’ Day in July 1969, a crowd of about 400 people gathered in Hyde Park south and watched as two Aboriginal children laid wreathes on the curved steps of the Anzac Memorial. They were led Read More

Douglas Grant, nurses and ex-servicemen gather around the war memorial built by Grant at Callan Park, which featured an ornamental pond and a replica of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1931 (Photograph courtesy State Library of NSW, Digital Order number a368022)

Douglas Grant

Author: Nicole Cama Douglas Grant was a natural born leader, fiercely intelligent artist and poetry enthusiast who served as a Private in the 13th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force before he was captured as a Prisoner of War in Read More

Participants in the City of Sydney’s oral history project to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served their country, with Lord Mayor Clover Moore (Image courtesy Barbara McGrady / City of Sydney)

Military service and Aboriginal voices

Author: Catherine Freyne The City of Sydney’s history team started recording oral histories with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service people in 2008. The project gained new impetus in 2013 with the commissioning of YININMADYEMI Thou Didst Let Fall the memorial artwork Read More

Ex-soldier and Aboriginal activist Herbert Groves wearing his World War 2 uniform as protest on the Australian Aborigines League float in the 1947 May Day procession (Photograph courtesy Australian War Memorial, P01248.001)

Bert Groves

Author: Laila Ellmoos Bert Groves was an active and vocal Sydney-based Aboriginal activist in the 1950s and 60s, who improved the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. Although politically active as a young man, it was his experience Read More

People Pemulwuy_nla34396_HERO


Pemulwuy was a courageous resistance fighter who led a guerrilla war against the British settlement at Sydney Cove from 1788 through to 1802. Because of his resistance to the invaders, he became one of the most remembered and written about Read More