Vietnam War (1962 – 1975)
In 1962 Australia sent forces to Vietnam to support the American-backed South Vietnamese government against North Vietnam. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were exempt from the national service ballot, and many were turned away from seeking to enlist. However, it is estimated that 500 Indigenous men fought in the Vietnam War. Returning home was often hard, with memories of war repeating in their heads and daily reminders of the discrimination that still permeated Australian society. This final unit draws to a close the theme of choice, exploring why someone might choose to fight for a government that took away their Country and for a society that excludes them.
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We are learning about the Indigenous soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War.
- I understand the varied and complex reasons why Indigenous soldiers fought in the Vietnam War.
- I can describe the experiences faced by Indigenous soldiers during the Vietnam War.
- I understand why listening to Indigenous voices is important.
Unit 7: Vietnam War 1962 – 1975
Part 1 - Stimulus video and listening notes
Part 2 - Class/group discussion
Part 3 - Definition of key concepts
Part 4 - Bill Coolburra case study
Part 5 - George Anderson case study
Part 6 - Independent study
Teaching and learning resources
This unit has a variety of teaching resources that provide background content knowledge and multi-media learning materials.
- Audio-visual stimulus
- Teaching worksheets
- Study notes
- George Anderson case study
- George Anderson tells his story
- George Anderson story transcript
Bill Coolburra case study