Graham Taylor, an Amangu Yamaji Elder born in Three Springs, the North Midlands area of Western Australia, has made a significant contribution to Australia’s Defence Force and now mentors Indigenous youth.

8 Jul 2015 - 12:41 PM  UPDATED 11 Jul 2015 - 12:23 AM

Graham went to Tardun Palantine Mission as a child before entering the defence force. When Graham arrived in Malaysia for six months of service he was assigned forward scout, at the frontline clearing pathways for the rest of the platoons. He was also a stretcher bearer.

He is commended for his bravery abroad.

He is commended for his bravery abroad. In September 1971, the enemy attacked 16 men with mortar bombs and heavy rifle fire and 10 were seriously injured. 

Despite heavy fire he helped his injured mates, some did not make it.

He has been a member of the local RSL since 1995 and has never missed an ANZAC Service. He lays the wreath on behalf of the Aboriginal Community at the dawn service each year. He is also a flag bearer at ANZAC parades representing Australia or New Zealand.

He works continually for the recognition and inclusion of Aboriginal people who have fought in the armed forces. He initiated the annual ANZAC ceremony with the RSL during NAIDOC Week, which is growing in number and pride each year.

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In 2008 Graham was given the honour of NAIDOC Elder of the year. In 2012 Graham was given another honour of being elected into Western Australia’s Midwest Region Hall of Fame for his contribution to the region.

Graham is an inspirational leader and an outstanding role model for our young people.

Graham is an inspirational leader and an outstanding role model for our young people. He has lent his time to Mullewa High School, 100 kilometres north east of Geraldton.

Mullewa is a town that has had a great deal of racism associated with it and he is working to break that down and create tolerance. He has grown strong rapport with teachers and students at the high school.

He also visits the Pia Wajarri remote community about 260 kilometres north of Geraldton to help children foster their cultures.

Graham Taylor has given many years to many communities who he considers part of his extended family.