Available for all communities nation wide, to shine a light on our shared history and the camaraderie of Australia's First Nations and Australian Diggers on the battlefield.
The Last Post
First Nations Inclusion Project
In the spirit of conciliation, an arrangement of 'The Last Post' has been produced in consultation with relevant community groups. ‘The Last Post’ is a special ceremonial piece of great significance to everyone who has fought for this country, and their families. The new arrangement is a healing acknowledgment, and a practical way of sharing the history of all our diggers serving together, inspiring a spirit of unity and respect within our communities moving forward. Performed by acclaimed didgeridoo player Mark Atkins and jazz virtuoso James Morrison, The Last Post (Winds of Change), is the first time the song has been recorded with a didgeridoo alongside a bugle. Production of the piece began in early 2020, and alongside Mark Atkins, the rendition was arranged and produced by Chelsy Atkins (Garrijimanha) and Ricky Bloomfield (Bear Mountain Productions). Mrs C Atkins organised extensive consultation with relevant community groups, and received endorsement letters from numerous individuals and organisations including; RSL & Services Clubs Association, RSL NSW, Australian War Memorial, Archie Roach AM, Shane Howard AM, Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Hon. Kevin Rudd AC and Mick Mudie Director, Defence Industry, Strategy and Space National Security Division on behalf of The Hon Anthony Albanese PM. A film clip accompanying the new piece was created in collaboration with the Sydney Opera House in 2022, which features both artists performing the arrangement atop the Opera House sails with the magnificent Sydney Harbour as the backdrop. The moving new arrangement will be released on Remembrance Day, 2023, then will be freely available for use by Communities nation wide.
Mick Mudie Director, Defence Industry, Strategy and Space National Security Division.
Written on behalf of The Hon Anthony Albanese PM
" I acknowledge you have undertaken this work in the spirit of unity and respect. The Government is committed to work in partnership with First Nations people across the country to advance reconciliation in the same spirit"