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University of Adelaide, Napier Building, Room G04, North Terrace

LOT 1207 North Terrace

Adelaide, SA 5000

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Rachel Caines discusses two Adelaide war memorials: The National War Memorial and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial.

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Adelaide’s National War Memorial, opened on Anzac Day 1931, was the first Australian war memorial to receive state government funding following the end of the First World War. Eight-two years later, the city’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial was unveiled by Governor General Quentin Bryce and the Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial Committee Marj Tripp. These two memorials, which sit at opposite ends of Kintore Avenue in the heart of the city, tell an important story of Adelaide’s changing war memorial landscape in the century following the First World War, and of the city’s role in Australia’s national commemorative landscape.

Rachel Caines is a final year Master's of Philosophy student in the History Department, researching the acknowledgement of Indigenous war service in national war commemorations in Australia and New Zealand. She has spoken widely on the topics of Indigenous Australian and Maori war service, war memorials, and military museums, and was awarded the Hugh Martin Weir Prize for her research in 2019.

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