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Logan's Black Diggers go digital

Published: 24 November 2015

Logan's Black Diggers go digital
Families gather to honour relatives. On left, front to back: Reeghan Finlay, Margaret Finlay and Marshall Foster. On right, front to back: Lianna Finlay, Aiden Mallger.

The Black Diggers of Logan, the three award-winning digital stories about Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Australian South Sea Islanders who fought for our country, have been shared digitally across Australia through Historypin.

Families of the original Black Diggers of Logan (the Watego Brothers, Valentine Hare and Jack Pollard) joined other families whose stories are being told for the first time to officially launch the online project at the Logan Central Library on 12 November 2015.

Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team member, Councillor Russell Lutton, said the project - the only one of its kind in Queensland - aimed to begin a community conversation about the need to document the stories of Black Diggers as part of the establish ANZAC legends.

“It’s been over a hundred years since the ANZAC legends began, and we are only now getting around to properly documenting the stories of Black Diggers,” he said.

“This is the second project featuring Black Diggers of Logan stories, following the launch earlier this year of three mini-documentaries that chronicle the stories of four men with family connections to Logan.

“For this project we asked the community to come forward and share their stories of their ancestors and relatives who served in World War One.

“We found a lot of ‘new’ diggers, whose stories are remembered by their families, and who now want to share them with the city and with the world.”

Cr Lutton said Council is proud of its strong Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander communities.

“We thought it was about time that our remembrance stories included them,” he said.

“We believe it is time to start documenting and preserving this knowledge now before it is lost forever, and I would encourage all residents to start researching their own heritage before it is too late.”

Visit the Black Diggers of Logan Historypin site (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned the site contains images and names of deceased persons).

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland Q Anzac 100: Memories for a new generation and is an initiative of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan 2013-201