1520 x 910cm

On attending the dawn service at Villers Bretonneux Cemetery in 2012 I could not help noticing this soldier being part of the Australian military guards of honour. He appeared to be an indigenous soldier and he captured my eye. After some years, I decided to paint this proud man who must have been absolutely freezing.  Later I was to find out his name is CPL Michael Munday from the remote aboriginal community of Joy Springs,20klms from Fitzroy Crossing WA.

He was the 1st Indigenous soldier to earn the honour of being selected for the Chief Of Army Scholarship. In a number of firsts, he is also the 1st soldier from a Regional Force Surveillance unit and the only Reserve Soldier to earn the honour at the time. CPL Munday must have been very proud that day, especially as his father was a Vietnam Veteran.