Chief of Army receives traditional Indigenous kangaroo skin artefact
1 August 2014
The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, was today presented with a traditional kangaroo skin Warrior’s Cloak by the Ramindjeri People of Kangaroo Island.
Mr Karno Walker, whose ancestor Private Arthur Walker served in World War I, presented the cloak in recognition of the Indigenous men and women who have served with distinction throughout Australia’s military history.
Lieutenant General Morrison thanked the Ramindjeri People and highlighted the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women have made to Australia’s military history.
“I am humbled to receive this gift today and to proudly acknowledge the military service of Indigenous men and women throughout Australia’s history,” Lieutenant General Morrison said.
“Your ancestor, Private Walker, served alongside non Indigenous Australians during the First World War. His motivation to serve their nation came from a love of country, a love for their people and a willingness to protect these no matter the cost.
“Just like the original Anzacs, Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians continue to serve alongside each other today, motivated by the same love of country and family.”
The Australian Army currently has more than 700 Indigenous members serving throughout Australia and on operations overseas.
Images of the ceremony will be available at the following link: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20142191
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