Aboriginal World War 1 Veteran Miller Mack
RSL Care SA is extremely pleased to provide financial support to the Aboriginal Veterans of South Australia Association (AVSA) for the service and reinterment of Aboriginal World War 1 veteran, Private Miller Mack.
Private Mack saw service in WW1 as a member of the 50th Battalion, particularly in France at the Battle of Messines. Miller Mack contracted tuberculosis while overseas, was medically discharged and on his return home, spent some time as a resident of the War Veterans Home. Miller Mack died in 1919 at the age of 25, and was buried in an unmarked grave at the West Terrace Cemetery, not far from many of his fellow soldiers buried in the AIF section.
On Friday 24th March 2017, Miller Mack’s remains will be exhumed from the West Terrace Cemetery and reinterred at Raukkan Aboriginal Community, near the Murray Mouth where he and his family came from, returning Miller Mack’s ‘spirit’ home.
Immanuel College Art Program 2017
RSL Care SAs War Veterans Home was very pleased to welcome 48 Immanuel College year 8 students as part of their Art program for 2017. The students will be creating sculptural pieces based on the theme of ‘coming home’ from war and how that how that experience has affected veterans and/or their families.
RSL Care SA CEO, Nathan Klinge spoke to the students about the experiences of many veterans who have ‘walked the halls’ of the War Veterans Home over the past 100 years. The students were then shown around the site, highlighting to them the many pieces of military memorabilia and artifacts displayed throughout the Home.
We look forward to seeing how the year 8 students interpret the ‘Coming Home’ theme and the creative sculptural pieces they create.
Service Voices Interview
with CEO Nathan Klinge
Nathan spoke with Sharon Mascall Dare – you can listen to the podcast by clicking here.
This was a great interview where Nathan was able to reveal the many services of our organisation. Many people haven’t been familiar with RSL Care SA and our rich history of over 100 years serving the ex-service and wider community.