Welcome the the Australian Frontier Conflicts (1788–1940s and Beyond) website. It seeks to document the frontier conflicts between European colonists and Australia’s First Peoples. The author of, and contributors to, the Australian Frontier Conflicts website acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today and in the future.

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‘Mounted Police and Blacks’ by Godfrey Charles Mundy, 1852.
Depicts the killing of Aboriginals at Slaughterhouse Creek (Waterloo Creek), New South Wales by British troops in 1838. Australian War Memorial ART 50023, www.awm.gov.au/collection/ART50023

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Note: In 2019 news items related to the Australian Frontier Wars website were posted on Facebook while the website was experiencing technical problems. There is no longer a Facebook page related to this website.

200-Year Old Diary Reveals Unknown Tasmanian Massacre

April 5th, 2024|

Rachel Edwards, ABC Radio Hobart, 'Rare soldier's diary reveals secret massacre of Indigenous Tasmanians after almost 200 years,' Monday 28 December 2020.  A disentegrating soldier's diary held in the National Library of Ireland (NAI) [...]

After the (failed) referendum dust settles

April 5th, 2024|

Peter Smith, 'After the (failed) referendum dust settles,' Pearls and Irritations, 19 March 2024: https://johnmenadue.com/after-the-failed-referendum-dust-settles/  

Compiled by Jane Morrison 2012–2022. Updated 25, 30 October, 23 November 2022.