The Last Post - First Nations Inclusion Project
In the spirit of conciliation, a new arrangement of ‘The Last Post’ has been produced in consultation with relevant organisations and community groups.
The new arrangement features the didgeridoo alongside the bugle for the first time, and is representative of the unity and respect that existed between Australia's First Nations and Australian soldiers on the battlefield.
‘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 'The Last Post (Winds of Change)', is a healing acknowledgment, and a practical way of sharing the history of all our Diggers serving together.
About The Last Post First Nations Inclusion Project
The Heart of the Project
“I encourage people to engage with this project as appropriate and look forward to a future where the commitment of First Nations people to the Australian Defence Force is fully recognised and understood by the wider community.”
Ray James OAM President RSL NSW
“Music composition is always evolving and being reinterpreted by generations over time. You have capably produced this contemporary arrangement that intertwines indigenous culture through a complimentary didgeridoo melody with the tradition of The Last Post bugle call”
Ms Leanne Patterson-Acting Director, Australian War Memorial
"The stirring sound of the bugle, awakening the spirits of the soldiers that have died in battle, along with the sound of the didgeridoo transporting them back home to this ancient story and ancient land, reminding us of the First Nation peoples that fought alongside the other diggers."
Archie Roach AC
“I have no doubt that it will mean a great deal to Indigenous veterans and their families, who for too long were not granted the recognition they deserved, as well as their non-Indigenous comrades and all Australians who honour and cherish our First Nations as the oldest continuing cultures on earth.”
Hon Kevin Rudd AC
Unity Then, Inspiring Unity Today
The use of the new arrangement within communities will support healing, and inspire respect and unity throughout the nation for generations to come.
The Last Post (Winds Of Change) will be publicly launched on the Remembrance Day 2023. From Remembrance Day it will be available for use at relevant venues, events and ceremonies by communities and organisations.