On this important day, millions of people honour the heroes and remember together.
About the design
© Artwork created by Aboriginal artist, Wendy Rix (Yuwaalaraay) from NSW.
The Never Forget polo honours our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters who fought at wars and participated in peace keeping missions. Indigenous Australians have served in virtually every conflict in which Australia has participated since the start of last century – from the Boer War to East Timor, and most likely Afghanistan also.
Indigenous Australians at WW1 & WW2
Best current estimates are that about 1,000 Indigenous Australians – out of an estimated population of 93000 in 1901 – fought in WW1.
In the Second World War services other than the army also received Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruits into their ranks, ranged between 3000 and 6000.
The polo design is based on a hand painted artwork created by Australian Contemporary Indigenous Artist Wendy Rix(Yuwaalaraay) from NSW.
The artwork depicts the rising sun over the ocean’s horizon, representing the spirit of Anzac & a new day. The small white crosses represent the departed, and the red cross pays tribute to the nurses and the medical aid needed abroad and home.