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April 25, 2018

Anzac Day: Freedom means Australia should face up to the truth of its past–Richard Flanagan reflects on the meaning of Anzac Day

If Anzac Day is about Australian servicemen and women fighting in overseas wars to protect our freedom, then Australia needs to face up to the truth of its history and accept what happened in the past before we can move forward towards shared Sovereignty.  The aftermath of this bloodbath is still with us. Judging by the racist remarks (unrepeatable here), that the author of this website heard an attendee utter today during the National Anzac Day Ceremony, we are a very long way from Australians even knowing about, or understanding, what happened on Australia’s killing fields from 1788 up to he 1940s. Speaking at the National Press Club, Canberra, on 18 April 2018, Man Booker Prize Winner Richard Flanagan reflected on Anzac Day, Australia’s First Peoples, what happened in colonial Australia and why Australians need to face up to the truth of our history. Below (in italics) are edited excerpts from Richard Flanagan’s speech that refer to the frontier wars: … We could ask why–if we were actually genuine about remembering patriots who have died for this country–why would we not first spend $100m on a museum honouring the at least 65,000 estimated Indigenous dead who so tragically lost their lives defending their country here in Australia in the frontier wars of the 19th century? Why is there nowhere in Australia telling the stories of the massacres, the dispossession, and the courageous resistance of these patriots? The figure of 65,000, I should add, is one arrived at by two academics at the University of Queensland and applies only to Indigenous deaths in that State. If their methodology is correct, the numbers for the Indigenous fallen nationally must be extraordinarily large. As one prominent commentator noted, “Individually and collectively, it was sacrifice on a stupendous scale. We should be a nation of memory, the commentator went on, not just of memorials, for these are our foundation stories. They should be as important to us as the ride of Paul Revere, or the last stand of King Harold at Hastings, or the incarceration of Nelson Mandela might be to others.” The prominent […]
April 19, 2018

Aboriginal WWI soldier William Punch, a survivor

William Joseph Punch, a soldier who served in World War I, was a survivor of a massacre of Aboriginal people at Lake Cowal, central-western New South Wales in 1880. Read more about his story, repeated in the Crookwell Gazette on 19 April 2018 at: https://www.crookwellgazette.com.au/story/5352212/aboriginal-man-william-punch-survives-massacre-and-enlists-in-great-war/?cs=5767
April 17, 2018

Reminder: Frontier Wars March, Anzac Parade, Canberra, Anzac Day, 25 April 2018

REMINDER/Media Alert Invitation to join  2018 Frontier Wars March on Anzac Day When: Gather at 9.30 am Wednesday 25 April 2018 Where: Lower end of Anzac Parade, Corner Constitution Ave and Anzac Parade, Canberra Ghillar, Michael Anderson, Convener of the Sovereign Union, last surviving member of the founding four of the Aboriginal Embassy and Leader of the Euahlayi Nation said from Goodooga today: We encourage all comers to join us so that we show to the public that here is a desperate need to tell the truth about the colonisation of this country and the devastation wreaked upon First Nations Peoples. This is not a whinge. This is real history. We need to remember those who defended their rights to their country; who volunteered to fight for their country in modern wars, despite being second class citizens with no civil rights. We need to remember all of them, not just the few. Help us remember and help us bury our dead. Ghillar Michael Anderson Convener of Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic ghillar29@gmail.com,  0499 080 660 Sovereign Union: https://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/1668 17 April 2018
April 17, 2018

Aboriginal Tent Embassy camp shines light on frontier wars

  A camp at the Embassy is expected to host 100 or more visitors who will take part in story-telling about the frontier wars and other activities in the lead up to the annual Frontier Wars March on Anzac Day, 25 April 2018. Read more in ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy camp shines light on frontier wars’, by Blake Foden, The Canberra Times online, 17 April 2018  
April 15, 2018

Frontier Wars March, Anzac Day, 25 April 2018

The Frontier Wars March, an annual event since 2011, will be held again on Anzac Parade, Reid, Canberra, Australia on Anzac Day, 25 April 2018.   Invitation to Join the 2018 Frontier Wars March on Anzac Day  When: Gather at 9.30 am, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 Where: Lower end of Anzac Parade, Corner Constitution Avenue and Anzac Parade, Reid, Canberra  We encourage all comers to join us so that we show to the public that there is a desperate need to tell the truth about the colonisation of this country and the devastation wreaked upon First Nations Peoples. This is not a whinge. This is real history. We need to remember those who defended their rights to their country; who volunteered to fight for their country in modern wars, despite being second-class citizens with no civil rights. We need to remember all of them, not just the few. Help us remember and help us bury our dead. Ghillar, Michael Anderson, Convenor of Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic 14 April 2018 Email: ghillar29@gmail.com Mobile: 0499 080 660 Website: https://nationalunitygovernment.org/frontier-wars-march-2018