Aborigines were also banned from joining the army, but in recent years more is becoming known about those who were accepted, however surviving veterans were usually denied medical and financial support that others received on their return. This morning I heard a report of yet another who had succeeded in enlisting and fought on the Western Front.
We also discussed Australia’s invitation to the American navy to send their new battleship fleet to Australia in 1909. The Australian Government had to be careful to avoid British censure, as the British Government were very much against the American naval visits to the British Empire.
Now an Australian naval ship has joined others from around the world celebrating China’s navy 70th birthday.