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Australian Light Horse Studies Centre

1901 began the first century of Australian Federation. One enduring legend developed from the beginning of this new nation to take its place as an icon of Australian history, that is, the Australian Light Horse. Formed in 1903 from a long series of state traditions reaching back many decades, the Light Horse is closely identified with the values to which most Australians aspire and so strikes an formidable chord within the national narrative. With this movement came the various Australian themes of mateship, lending a hand, and specific symbols such as the Charge at Beersheba and the use of emu plumes in the felt hat. As time progressed, the Light Horsemen seem to have taken on a mythical quality that transcends the reality of their story. The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre was established to peel away these legends and present an accurate description about this era. Through careful scholarship this site aims to provide people who have an interest in this particular phase of Australian history an ability to meet with the historical Light Horsemen and so gain a clear version of the life lead by these men, their families and the society in which they lived during the formative period from 1899 to 1920. It is through accurate commentary that these folk gain their honour and well deserved place within the Australian Story.


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Aboriginal members of the Light Horse, AIF


While not given the recognised status enjoyed by all other non-indigenous people in Australia but still regarded as British subjects, the Aboriginals came forward in numbers to join the AIF and fight on the various fronts. One group for special attention relates to the Aboriginal men who served with the Australian Light Horse. This section provides a tribute to honour the service and sacrifice of the Aboriginal Light Horsemen to the Australian nation.


Published Sources

Reveille Articles on Aboriginals in the AIF


Aboriginal Servicemen


Other AIF Units

2919 Pte Alfred John Henry Lovett, 12thBtn


Light Horse

Aboriginal Light Horse Servicemen The Full List


10th Light Horse Regiment

Pte Tom Cooper, 10th LHR, 15thR


11th Light Horse Regiment, 20th Reinforcement

2422 Pte William Bert Brown

2423 Pte Frederick Arthur Burnett

2424 Pte Edward Collins

2459 Pte Fred Collins

2425 Pte Jack Costello

2426 Pte Harry Doyle

2428 Pte Frank Fisher

2427 Pte Joe Fitzroy

2462 Pte Rupert Franklin Gore Gallaway

2429 Pte John Geary

2460 Pte John Hall

2430 Pte John Johnston

2431 Pte Jack Kearns

2432 Pte John McKenzie Laurie

2433 Pte James Lingwoodock

2434 Pte Leonard Lynch

2438 Pte James McBride

2437 Pte David Molloy

2435 Pte Frank Morris

2453 Pte Martin Mulrooney

2436 Pte Harry Murray

2439 Pte William Nicholld

2440 Pte Jack Oliffe

2443 Pte Charlie Parkes

2441 Pte Jack Pollard

2445 Pte Edward Smith

2447 Pte Joe White

2448 Pte Leslie Thomas Wogas




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The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre is a not for profit and non profit group whose sole aim is to write the early history of the Australian Light Horse from 1900 - 1920. It is privately funded and the information is provided by the individuals within the group and while permission for the use of the material has been given for this site for these items by various donors, the residual and actual copyright for these items, should there be any, resides exclusively with the donors. The information on this site is freely available for private research use only and if used as such, should be appropriately acknowledged. To assist in this process, each item has a citation attached at the bottom for referencing purposes. Please Note: No express or implied permission is given for commercial use of the information contained within this site.



















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