On Tuesday 10 April respected local historian and leading heritage advisor Mr Ray Holyoak will take you back to Townsville in May 1942 when he discusses the events of the 'Kelso Field Rising' and the African-American involvement in North Queensland during that time.
During the Pacific War, a rising occurred on Kelso Field in Townsville by African American troops against their white commanders. The power of wartime censorship and fear of punishment on those with links to the incident would prevent any mention of it published at the time, and it has become largely forgotten. Race, politics, ambition, human rights, morale and war in a 1940s context are both the themes and key reasons why the Kelso Rising occurred.
Please note that this talk is free with Museum admission. Admission is free for Annual Pass holders.
Photo credit: One Sunday afternoon in Townsville 1942 - Roy Hodgkinson. Australian War Memorial ART 21 350.