In acknowledgement of the ‘increasing debate’ about Australia Day (26 January) and its meaning for First Peoples, ABC radio station triple j announced on 27 November 2017 that the countdown for the best 100 songs will not be held on 26 January, but on 27 January 2018. Read ABC music reporter Paul Donoughue’s story about the reasons for the move at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-27/hottest-100-wont-be-held-on-australia-day-triple-j-says/9197014
Traditional custodians of Lake Mungo will host today, a major ceremony to celebrate the return of the 40,000 year-old remains of Mungo Man to his Country. In 1974, more than 40 years ago, scientists found the fossilised male skeleton in Mungo National Park, New South Wales. The ancient Aboriginal man’s remains were removed to the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, causing great upset and pain to local Aboriginal groups, the Muthi Muthi, Nygiampa and Paakantji peoples. While the remains were at the ANU, scientists were able to prove how old the ritualised burial of the man was–one of the oldest-known human burials on earth. Isabella Higgins, ABC News, 17 November 2017 at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-17/mungo-man-returned-to-ancestral-home/9159840
A new multimedia presentation, about Aboriginal massacres in Victoria, has opened as part of the First Peoples permanent exhibition at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum, Victoria, Australia. A review of the new installation, Black Day, Sun Rises, Blood Runs, a film and multimedia project, is in Arts Review, 16 November 2017 at: http://artsreview.com.au/black-day-sun-rises-blood-runs/
Plans are underway for a memorial to remember the massacre of Aboriginal people at Waterloo Creek (Slaughterhouse Creek), New South Wales, that took place on 26 January 1838. Read about these plans in Sophie Harris’s story in the Moree Champion, 19 June 2017 at: http://www.moreechampion.com.au/story/4737723/taking-steps-to-remember-massacre/ Waterloo Creek: The Australia Day massacre of 1838, George Gipps and the British conquest of New South Wales, McPhee Gribble, 1992 tells the story of the massacre in great detail.