Serving Country Exhibition

27/04/2020 Posted by admin

Warrant Officer Class One from the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery Colin Watego OAM

Serving Country ExhibitionOur First Nations People servicemen and women will be doubly honoured during Newcastle’s Anzac Day commemorations through a moving photographic exhibition and candlelight vigil in Civic Park.

TheServing Countryportrait exhibition at Newcastle Region Library will feature more than 200 photos and stories covering a century of service by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who will also be acknowledged at the annual War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil in Civic Park.

Serving Country, by celebrated human rights photographer Belinda Mason and Dieter Knierim, canvasses around 150 individual and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who proudly served –and continue to serve –Australia.

One featured is Warrant Officer Class One from the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery Colin Watego OAM, a Senior Indigenous Culture Officer for the Australian Defence Force.Watego rates serving the same Royal Australian Artillery Regiment as his father a career highlight. Four men from Watego’s family, which lends its name to Australia’s most easterly beach at Cape Byron, served their country, with Colin’s two younger brothers also enlisting.

“Serving Countryprovides a platform for sharing stories that exposes the real experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women, and acknowledges the positive roles they play in the community,” Warrant Officer Watego, who has been instrumental in recruiting personnel to the project, said.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said Newcastle Library was proud to host this “remarkable exhibition”.

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