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Aboriginal leaders contest Dharawal words spoken as Cook landed

2020-04-29T16:17:56+10:00April 29th, 2020|

Today, 29 April 2020, is 250 years since Captain James Cook and crew from HMS Endeavour landed at Kundal, known in English as Kurnell, on Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. But Aboriginal leaders are contesting what was said on Cook's landing at Kundal. According to the diary [...]

Cook did not ‘discover’ Australia

2020-04-22T17:37:12+10:00April 20th, 2020|

Ben Collins of ABC Kimberley, is one of the latest to debunk the myths about Cook in his story posted today (20 April 2020): 'What Australians often get wrong about our most (in)famous explorer, Captain Cook': https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-20/captain-cook-history-what-we-often-get-wrong/12042438 It's Time Australia woke up to the truth of its history. For too [...]

Endeavour voyage around Australia called off

2020-04-20T10:41:40+10:00April 20th, 2020|

This year, 2020, the 250th anniversary of Cook's voyage to Australia was to be commemorated at great expense–$A48.7 million was allocated for Cook commemoration ceremonies and a replica HMS Endeavour to sail around Australia. One positive outcome of the coronavirus pandemic is the cancellation of the proposed taxpayer-funded visit of the [...]

Coronavirus forces Appin Massacre Memorial service 2020 online

2020-04-20T09:27:41+10:00April 20th, 2020|

On 17 April 1816, at least 14 Dharawal men, women and children died in the Appin Massacre in the former colony of New South Wales. The killings, ordered by the then Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, were perpetrated by the military against Aboriginal people in reprisal for [...]

The cause of Australia’s first pandemic is still a controversial mystery 231 years on

2020-03-29T18:41:05+11:00March 29th, 2020|

The first recorded pandemic in an Australian colony was the smallpox outbreak that decimated the Gadigal people around Sydney in April 1789. Ben Deacon, ABC News online, 29 March 2020 revisits this controversial event that many people today believe was a deliberate act against First Peoples: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-29/coronavirus-and-australias-first-pandemic-caused-by-smallpox/12099430 [...]

Australian War Memorial to broadcast Anzac Day ceremony to the nation

2020-03-25T11:32:16+11:00March 25th, 2020|

Owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, Anzac Day, 25 April 2020, will not include commemorations in which the public take part in person. Instead the Australian War Memorial will broadcast a private ceremony to be held at 5.30 am in the Commemorative Area and Hall of Memory. Read more about the [...]

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