Army time

World War II 1942: enemy forces are on Australia’s northern doorstep.

Torres Strait Islanders answer the call to arms!

In 1942 Torres Strait Islanders were not counted as citizens of Australia, but when the government called, Torres Strait Islander men responded in their hundreds, leaving families and jobs to defend the northern gateway to Australia.

Over 800 Torres Strait Islander men played a key role in the defence of Australia.

A small number of men also served with the US Army or as civilian crewmen on board luggers operated by the RAAF or the Navy.

In many families, every male of military age was serving, fathers often side by side with their sons.