Students keen to learn about Australia at war


Karishma Byles will travel to Malaysia as part of the Premier’s Anzac Tour after writing an essay on the involvement of indigenous people in wartime service.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d450477
Karishma Byles will travel to Malaysia as part of the Premier’s Anzac Tour after writing an essay on the involvement of indigenous people in wartime service. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d450477

KARISHMA Byles will join nine other students on the Premier’s Anzac Tour to Malaysia.

The students will learn about the Borneo campaign of 1945, the Malayan emergency and Australia’s involvement from 1955 to 1960 following the Korean War and the Indonesian confrontation of 1963 to 1966, while in Malaysia from April 17 to 27.

Students submitted a 1000-word essay on the topic of whether Australian men and women in WA united or divided under wartime pressures.

Karishma wrote about the unity of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, focusing on an indigenous family from the Pilbara, the Lockyers.

“The Lockyers participated in the Pacific in World War II fighting for Australia in Borneo, which is where the tour will be taking place this year,” Karishma said.

Before starting her research, Karishma said she had little knowledge of the involvement of indigenous Australians in war.

“What I did find interesting though was that when these men came back from the war, some of them were still being treated unequally to how they previously had been,” she said.

Karishma will take part in an induction camp in Perth from March 10 to 12.