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World premiere of Black Diggers of Logan

Published: 27 April 2015

World premiere of Black Diggers of Logan

More than 200 people gathered at the Logan Central Library on 23 April 2015 to see the moving world premiere of Black Diggers of Logan.

The series of three short films captures the inspirational stories four Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Australian South Sea Islander diggers, who fought and died alongside their comrades despite not being officially counted as people in their own nation.

Valentine Hare, Jack Pollard and the Watego Brothers - George and Murray - are the subjects of three documentary films produced by Logan City Council with funding support from the Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants Program.

They are servicemen with descendants living in Logan, who families worked closely with Logan Libraries staff to learn more about their ancestry and develop a deeper connection to culture and family.

For these families, the project has been a cathartic experience, drawing together family across generations and helping shed light on the often unspoken experiences of a returned veteran.

The documentaries were directed by Douglas Watkin, who also directed the acclaimed Our Aunties and Uncles Digital Stories for Logan City Council last year.

The three short Black Diggers of Logan documentaries, including interviews from all three families, can now be viewed on Council's website: Black Diggers of Logan. The short films also screened on NITV as part of the network's Anzac coverage.