The versatile and gifted Douglas Grant was stereotyped in the media as the Black Digger with a Scottish accent. He was much more than that. Well educated by White parents who rescued him from an 1886 massacre in the frontier wars, Douglas became an engineering draftsman, woolclasser, charismatic public speaker and storyteller.
In the 1st AIF he fought bravely on the Western Front, was wounded and taken prisoner in the Battle of Bullecourt. Noting he was well-educated, German authorities made him the inmate-in-charge of the large Half Crescent Prison Camp for Muslim and Hindu soldiers. He saved many lives by negotiating for ritual foods and medical supplies.
Returning home, he went through hard times and adventures, but always maintained his great sense of humour about life.
John Ramsland is Emeritus Professor at The University of Newcastle and the author of several books and many articles on Australian social history. His most recent books include With just and Relentless discipline : A Social History of Corrective Services in New South Wales (1996) and Custodians of the Soil :A History of Aboriginal-European Relationships in the Manning Valey of New South Wales (2001). He has also published widely on the history of neglected and instituionalised children in England, France, and Australia.
Get our latest book recommendations, author news, and competitions right to your inbox.
More books from this author: John Ramsland
Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover!
Tell us what you like and we'll recommend books you'll love.