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FROM the town of Katherine,
SMN David Ah-One changed
course on the Defence Indigenous
Development Program (DIDP) with
the Army Reserves and joined the
Navy in January as a boatswains
of training with the Army Reserves
including two weeks of Navy boot
camp at HMAS Cerberus before
I came to Recruit School. It really
helped me prepare for life in the
Defence Force," SMN Ah-One said.
SMN Ah-One said his goal was
to be the best he could be and help
others along the way.
"I love it (the Navy) mostly for
the people you serve with. You get
to know them and what they've been
through and they know you and
what you've been through," he said.
"There are many different
personalities. The Navy can be
The DIDP is a result of the
Defence Reconciliation Action
Plan 2010-2014, which aims to
change perceptions of indigenous
cultural issues, creates specialised
recruitment pathways and
establishes strong support networks
and systems to retain existing
indigenous ADF and APS members.
The DIDP is a seven-month
residential course, giving young
indigenous people from remote and
regional communities education,
training, life skills and confidence
to gain skills for employment
LSIS Helen Frank
A SAILOR who served in the
Colonial Forces in the early 1860s
could have been the first indigenous
Australian to serve in the armed
As military personnel gathered
at the Australian War Memorial
during NAIDOC Week on July 10
to celebrate the service of indige-
nous Australians, CDF GEN David
Hurley said while indigenous ser-
vice was thought to date back to
the turn of the 19th century and the
Boer War, it could date back even
further than that.
"I am told the Australian War
Memorial now has reliable evi-
dence that a sailor who served in the
Colonial Forces in the 1860s was in
fact of indigenous descent," he said.
The service, held annually dur-
ing NAIDOC Week, recognises the
contribution of indigenous service-
men and women to Australia's histo-
ry and traditions and their continued
The theme of NAIDOC Week this
year was "We value the vision" and
in his address at the ceremony, GEN
Hurley said the ADF had always val-
ued the contribution of all its mem-
bers, including its indigenous ones.
"We value the foresight, strength
and determination of the Yolngu
people who instigated constitu-
tional change with the Yirrkala
Bark Petitions just as we value
the determination and courage of
those Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islanders who have chosen to serve
our nation," GEN Hurley said. He
acknowledged that the strictly
European recruitment policy of the
time had not stopped indigenous
people from choosing to join.
"It is not clear why Aboriginal
people chose to fight for a king and
country that did not recognise them
as citizens, but whatever the motiva-
tion, once enlisted, each was accept-
ed as an Australian soldier, regard-
less of the colour of their skin,"
GEN Hurley said.
"In uniform, indigenous members
were afforded the same pay and con-
ditions as their peers, but more impor-
tantly, they were equals -- respected
for their skill and treated with dignity.
These are the same virtues we strive
to uphold in the ADF today.
"The modern ADF must reflect
its history and value the vision of
those who saw their indigenous
comrades not for the colour of their
skin, but for their courage, endur-
ance, mateship and sacrifice.
"Today, Australian service-
men and women are deployed on
operations around the world; in
Afghanistan, on peacekeeping oper-
ations throughout the Middle East
and North Africa, and on maritime
and border protection tasks closer
to home. Among the ranks are our
indigenous colleagues, standing
shoulder-to-shoulder with their fel-
low countrymen as they have always
During the ceremony the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander flags flew from the masts
at the Australian War Memorial and
at Defence establishments across
Australia and for the first time inter-
nationally at Al Minhad Air Base.
"It is our salute to the service
and sacrifice of our military fore-
bears," GEN Hurley said.
"During NAIDOC Week,
we remember all Australians lost
in conflict, particularly those of
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
descent. We thank them for their
service and welcome the contribu-
tion of those indigenous Australians
who continue their legacy."
South African-born ABMUS
Haylen Newman, who usually plays
the euphonium, opened the ceremo-
ny on the didgeridoo, which he said
he had been playing for 12 years.
"It's nice to be able to contribute
to this ceremony in my own way,"
"The acknowledgement of
indigenous Defence people from
Australia and other nations is great
to see," he said.
AB Newman said he learnt to
play the didgeridoo in 2000 after
meeting some elders through a
"I grew up in Australia away
from my own culture and became
passionate about learning the
Australian culture," he said.
"I then became very curious
about the didgeridoo and its cultural
"I originally learnt it for my own
enjoyment but I played the didg-
eridoo with the Navy band in 2009
for a marching display and I will be
doing a recording in August with the
band for the IFR."
THOMAS Bungalene of the Kurnai
is thought to be the first Australian
He was the son of Bunjil-ee-nee
of the Brabralung group of the Kurnai
He was kidnapped from his tribe
with his father in 1847 by the Police
and taken to Melbourne.
Thomas outlived his family. His
father died at the Narre Narre War-
ren Native Police barracks and his
mother died three years later in 1851.
He and his younger brother Harry
were then placed with a Melbourne
schoolteacher. Harry died in 1856
when Thomas was 11.
Thomas was bonded into service
on Her Majesty's colonial steam
sloop Victoria in 1861 and under the
watchful eye of CMDR Norman he
was taught the duties of a seaman.
On board the ship he was noted
for his habits of industry and sobriety
but he was an unhappy man. He
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THE FIRST TO SERVE
PROUD MOMENT: Then-RCT
David Ah-One at his Recruit
School graduation ceremony.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
TOGETHER: ABML-S Mark Navales
in the cenotaph guard at the
NAIDOC Week indigenous memorial
ceremony at the Australian War
Memorial in Canberra.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
served from 1861 until 1864 when
he was sent to train as a draftsman.
Thomas died at the age of 18 in
January 1865 and is buried with his
brother in a Melbourne cemetery.
Information provided by the Australian War
POSSIBLE: This photo is said to
depict Thomas Bungalene, front
centre, pouring rum into a tot barrel
on board HMCSS Victoria.
Photo: State Library of Australia
at the NAIDOC
at the Australian
War Memorial in
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
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