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November 6, 2017

Unsung colonial hero John Plunkett fought Myall Creek massacre racism

Marea Donnelly, History Writer, The Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2016 Read more at: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/unsung-colonial-hero-john-plunkett-fought-myall-creek-massacre-racism/news-story/d737ac626f4eb7afc551b507294c4fea
November 6, 2017

Monuments to Aboriginals’ 1842 execution ‘first step’ to recognising brutal past

Carolyn Webb, The Age, 11 September 2016 Read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/monument-to-aboriginals-1842-execution-first-step-to-recognising-brutal-past-20160911-grdvbx.html More about the story of these two significant Aboriginal warriors is on the City of Melbourne’s website at: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/about-melbourne/melbourne-profile/aboriginal-culture/Pages/tunnerminnerwait-and-maulboyheener.aspx
November 6, 2017

Frontier Wars wing needed

A Frontier Wars wing at the Australian War Memorial would help improve the perceptions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have of themselves, would fundamentally change the distorted perception many Australians have of our history, and would potentially change the relationship between First Peoples and other Australians. Read an opinion about why the Australian War Memorial should have a Frontier wars wing in the Shepparton News, 31 October 2016 at: http://www.sheppnews.com.au/2016/10/31/58280/frontier-wars-wing-needed
November 6, 2017

Victory for Gweagal man Rodney Kelly in fight to have artefacts returned from British museums

Lucy McNally, ABC News online, 23 August 2016 In 1770, Cooman, a Gweagal man, was shot in the leg in an encounter with Captain James Cook and his crew on the shores of Botany Bay, Sydney. During the incident Cooman dropped his shield. Rodney Kelly, a descendant of Cooman, is attempting to have the shield belonging to his ancestor and other artefacts returned from the British Museum and the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The New South Wales Parliament has taken up his cause. Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-23/victory-for-rodney-kelly-over-gweagal-shield/7778264?section=nsw
November 6, 2017

The Untold Story Behind the Wave Hill Walk-Off

The Conversation, Felicity Meakins, University of Queensland, updated 20 August 2016 Many Australians know about the Wave Hill Walk-off 50 years ago on 23 August 1966 that led to the Aboriginal Land Rights movement. What is little known is that the walk-off followed eighty years of massacres, killings and ill treatment of the Gurindji by colonists. A new book edited by Erika Charola and Felicity Meakins, Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country, was launched on 20 August 2016 by Senator Pat Dodson as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the walk-off. The book recalls how the memories of this brutal treatment weighed heavily on the 200 stockmen, station workers and their families, who walked off Wave Hill Station in protest against their low pay and dreadful living conditions. After the walk-off, in a traditional burial ceremony the Gurindji interred the remains of people, massacred at Blackfellows Knob, in caves at Seale Gorge. Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-19/the-untold-story-being-the-1966-wave-hill-walk-off/7764524