First World War
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First world War
excerpt from Lady of the Lake, Aunty Iris’s story
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Lady of the Lake is the story of Gunditjmara Elder Aunty Iris Lovett-Gardiner and her life at Lake Condah in the western districts of Victoria. In "First World War", she talks about members of her family and other Gunditjmara men who served in the war.
There was a lot of people from Lake Condah that went to the War. There was soldiers in the First World War. Five of my dads brothers, he an’ his brothers, there was five of them, went overseas an’ fought and they were in the Light Horse an’ everywhere else, they fought…ah, Gallipoli… and all of those places where the horror of war was worst, they were there in the middle of the fighting.
Where I’m standing now is near our creek, the Darlot Creek an’ the place that I’m standing in, now, is of great significance to our people that came from Lake Condah because this is where the ashes were scattered of a great warrior, Captain Reg Saunders. Brother Reggie, I call him my brother, an’ brother Harry an’ brother Wally Alberts, they all went to war, in the Second World War, an’ brother Harry was killed over there, an’ brother Wally Alberts was captured over there….an’ this place, Lake Condah, here on the old Mission was the place where those boys grew up with us an’ we knew them as brothers an’ they knew us as brothers and sisters. .And it’s a great loss when people like that go away from their home…homeland, go overseas an’ never come back. That’s when we miss them most. I think why they went to war was because that they really believed that the country was theirs, that Australia was their own an’ I believe they went to war to fight and protect it from the enemy…but when they came home, the mad thing was that they never got any reward an’ the Mission…an’ round about the Mission, was cut up for Soldier Settlement an’ so it was all in vain what they did. They weren’t allowed to drink or, some of them… weren’t allowed to vote I don’t think… an’ they had fights up in hotels an’ that because they went to the war an’ weren’t allowed to have a glass of beer. One was the pub up in Condah that they had a fight with. They were inside an’ the publican was outside I believe, in the gutter with a lantern waiting for the police to come an’ throw the rest of them out…an’ that’s the sort of thing that they used to do. They…they knew who they were an’ they hated people putting them down an’ that was the bad part of them even though, like, people lost their lives and things like that…an’ this old memory part here, I can never forget because this was the last saying…and saying goodbye to brother Reggie an’ we done that with his ashes and scattered them around…an’ there was a lot of people here too who felt the same way.
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