Indigenous soldier to share remarkable story at NAIDOC Week
DALE McPherson is a proud indigenous Australian with an impressive service record.
Born in Emerald and raised in Bluff, he enlisted in the army in 1991 and served with the 1st Battalion in Somalia, Africa, in 1993.
He has since served in East Timor, was part of the 2000 Sydney Olympics Counter Terrorist Force, was a member of AUSAID in Iraq, and is now in Afghanistan with the Australian Embassy.
He will share his remarkable story at the launch today of a photographic exhibition in which he features as part of NAIDOC Week.
The display, which recognises local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have served in the armed forces, has been compiled by Dale's cousin and respected local Aboriginal leader Margaret Hornagold.
The images reflect perfectly the theme of this year's annual celebration, Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond.
Margaret has spent about four months on the project, assembling the photos and biographies of the servicemen and women.
"I have always had an interest in photography," she explains.
"I've also got a number of family who are or who have been in the forces so I knew that I had access to some photographic material anyway."
She plans to use the information she has gathered as the basis for a book on the subject.
The exhibition will be officially launched at 11am today at the CQ Military Museum.
It will be on display daily from 9am to 4pm until Friday.
Stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
Runs from July 6 to 13 this year.