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November 6, 2017

Anzac Day 2016–Remembering the Frontier Wars, Conflicts and Massacres

On 25 April 2016, Australians, New Zealanders, friends and former foes, commemorated the 101st landing at Gallipoli, Turkey, during World War I as well as the fallen in other international conflicts. This year marks 100 years since the beginning of campaigns on the Western Front in France. While many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples served, and continue to serve, in conflicts in foreign lands, their sacrifices in the defence of their own nations during the colonial frontier period are not officially recognised by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, the Returned Soldiers League and other veterans’ and war widows’ organisations. A service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans of international conflicts is held every year at a bush site near the Australian War Memorial after the Dawn Service. At the main Anzac Day March, held in Canberra, beginning at 10.30am, First Peoples joined with supporters to commemorate those who fell in the conflicts that happened on the soil of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations from 1788 to c. 1941. As in previous years, the respectful, silent group was blocked from joining the main march by a barricade across Anzac Parade. In remembrance of those who gave their lives, or were injured, in the defence of their nations, the First Peoples hung a huge, long yellow banner, containing the dates and locations of more than 550 colonial frontier conflicts, over the barricade. This banner was created using research undertaken for this website. Read more and view images, of this now annual commemoration, on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1068005013271503.1073742004.340478969357448&type=3 LEST WE FORGET
November 6, 2017

Cal Flyn: the terrible truths in my family history

The Australian, 23 April 2016 In an extract from her new book, Thicker Than Water, published by HarperCollins on 26 April 2016, Cal Flyn talks about the massacre at Warrigal Creek in July 1843 in which between 80 to 200 Gunai (Kurnai) people were slaughtered. Ms Flyn also lists other massacres that happened in Gippsland. She reveals that the leader of the men who perpetrated the killings was ‘the Butcher of Gippsland’, her great-uncle Angus McMillan, a Scot whose people had suffered the Highland Clearances to make way for sheep. Read more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/cal-flyn-the-terrible-truths-in-my-family-history/news-story/7785e4d89d6cd479139be969a88f4047 Peter Gardner has written two books about Angus McMillan and the activities of colonists in Gippsland: Our Founding Murdering Father: Angus McMillan and the Kurnai Tribe of Gippsland 1839–1865, self-published, 1987 and Gippsland Massacres: The Destruction of the Kurnai Tribes 1800–1860, Ngarak Press, Ensay, Victoria, 1993 Two other papers on Gippsland massacres by Gardner are available online: ‘Another Gippsland Massacre–Holland’s Landing?’, accepted for publication in the Gippsland Heritage Journal in 2008, see http://petergardner.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Hollands-Landing-Massacrerev.edpdf_.pdf: and ‘Some Random Notes on the Massacres 2000–2015, see http://petergardner.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Notes-on-Massacres-rev.ed_.pdf Resesarch for this website (ongoing) has so far discovered the following killings and massacres of Aboriginal people in Gippsland: October–December 1840: Nuntin Station Unknown number of Aboriginal people killed by Angus McMillan’s men. 22 December 1840: Boney Point Unknown number of Aboriginal people killed by Angus McMillan and his men. Between 1840 and 1850: Boole Boole:mentioned in the Tyers’s diary. Exact date and number killed unknown. Holland’s Landing: mentioned in local folk history. Exact date and number killed unknown. Lake’s Entrance: mentioned in local folk history. Exact date and number killed unknown. Medusa Point: mentioned in local folk history. Exact date and number killed unknown. The Heart: mentioned in local folk history. Exact date and number killed unknown. 1841: Butcher’s Creek 30–35 Aboriginal people shot by Angus McMillan’s men. 1842: Bruthen Creek ‘Hundreds killed’. 1842: Skull Creek Unknown number of Aboriginal people killed. June? 1843: Warrigal Creek Between 60 and 180 Aboriginal people shot by Angus McMillan and his men. 1844: Maffra Unknown number killed. 1846: Snowy River Eight Aboriginal people killed by […]
November 6, 2017

The Appin Massacre 200 Years On

Dictionary of Sydney has posted a new item, ‘The Appin massacre – 200 years on ‘This Sunday 17 April 2016 marks 200 years since the Appin massacre, where at least 14 Aboriginal men, women and children were killed by soldiers under the command of Captain James Wallis, as part of a military reprisal raid ordered byGovernor Lachlan Macquarie. Read more at: http://home.dictionaryofsydney.org/the-appin-massacre-200-years-on/
November 6, 2017

Call to halt Sydney light rail after massive Indigenous artefact find

The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 March 2016 Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/call-to-halt-sydney-light-rail-after-massive-indigenous-artefact-find-20160329-gnsxr4.html#ixzz44Y3164z7/a>
November 6, 2017

Breaking the silence: Australia must acknowledge a violent past

The Conversation, 7 March 2016 Read more: http://theconversation.com/breaking-the-silence-australia-must-acknowledge-a-violent-past-51308>