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World War I Islanders exhibition

LINC Tasmania is proud to host a moving and informative travelling exhibition from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

'The Islanders' tells the story of the 28 Aboriginal men from the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait who enlisted to fight in the Great War.  The Islanders became one of the first and largest Aboriginal groups to enlist and fight for the Empire. This was despite the fact that entry to the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) at the beginning of the war was restricted to people of 'substantially European origin and appearance'.

28 Aboriginal men signed up from Cape Barren and Flinders Islands during World War I – eight died serving overseas. 

The exhibition features replicas of the memorial plaques or 'dead man's pennies' sent to the families of two of the soldiers who went to war but did not come home; Marcus Brown and John Fisher.

​The Museum has created an extensive online feature about the Islanders and you can also find out more about Marcus Brown and the experience of Aboriginal soldiers​ from the LINC Tasmania archives.

The exhibition will be on display at Cape Barren Island Library, Smithton library, St Marys, Bicheno and St Helens libraries during Ocober and November. Then continue travelling to locations across the state during December and into 2017. For more information contact the locations listed.