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Alfred George lived outside.
He slept in parks.
Under big trees.
Always under the stars.
Alfred’s War is a powerful story that unmasks the lack of recognition given to Australian Indigenous servicemen who returned from the WWI battlelines.
Alfred was just a young man when he was injured and shipped home from France. Neither honoured as a returned soldier or offered government support afforded to non-Indigenous servicemen, Alfred took up a solitary life walking the back roads – billy tied to his swag, finding work where he could.
Rachel Bin Salleh’s poignant narrative opens our hearts to the sacrifice and contribution that Indigenous people have made to Australia’s war efforts, the true extent of which is only now being revealed. Evocative and moving illustrations by Samantha Fry bring this story to life, as does actor Richard Green's powerful telling.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
*included in the VIC Premier's Reading Challenge 5-6 list.
*included in the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge K-2 list.
PERFORMED BYRichard Green
Magabala Books, Australia, 2018