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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 [...]

Australian War Memorial to close indefintely

2020-03-25T11:23:46+11:00March 25th, 2020|

Owing to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, the Australian War Memorial will close indefinitely. Read the announcement made on 23 March 2020: https://www.awm.gov.au/media/press-releases/memorialclosure

Push for frontier wars commemoration at Australian War Memorial

2020-03-25T11:38:34+11:00March 25th, 2020|

On 22 November 2019, when Dr Brendan Nelson was still Director of the Australian War Memorial (AWM), many organisations and members of the public called for Australia's 'frontier wars' to be recognised as part of the $500 million expansion of the AWM. Read more at: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6506929/support-for-frontier-wars-commemoration-in-awm-public-consultation/  It remains to [...]

Aboriginal scars from frontier wars, 18 March 2020

2020-03-20T15:33:07+11:00March 20th, 2020|

A long-running archaeology project, funded by the Australian Research Council, has been looking into what happened to Aboriginal men who were recruited to the Queensland Native Mounted Police, their involvement in 'the frontier wars' and the resultant trauma that impacted their lives. Read more about this story in EurekaAlert! [...]

New short video on Tully/Innisfail massacres

2018-10-04T02:40:03+10:00October 4th, 2018|

Tully Falls, Queensland UNESCO World Heritage listed Wet Tropics, Far North Queensland, Australia. Photo: Wikipedia Australian Terrorism, by Stanley Lenoy, of Stan Lenoy Films, published in September 2018 is a short video about massacres that occurred in the Tully/Innifail region of colonial Queensland. The video includes excerpts from four hours [...]

South Australia’s violent history continues to be exposed

2018-10-04T01:44:14+10:00October 4th, 2018|

More information is coming out about the extent of frontier violence in colonial South Australia. Read Jon Ovan's story. 'Bloody history comes to light' in South Australia's the Port Lincoln Times and in the West Coast Sentinel on 1 August 2018 at: https://www.westcoastsentinel.com.au/story/5562757/bloody-history-comes-to-light/?cs=5813

Australian Frontier Conflicts: 1839 letter reveals violence in colonial Melbourne

2018-07-18T01:29:19+10:00July 18th, 2018|

WFE Liardet (1840), Tullamareena escaping from the first Melbourne gaol in 1838. State Library of Victoria collection. Australian Frontier Conflicts: The University of Melbourne's Dr Katherine Ellinghaus, brings to light an 1839 letter that reveals the frontier violence that happened around colonial Melbourne. Read more at: https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/criss-cross-history-hidden-in-a-letter One story [...]