Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues

Mervyn Bishop Exhibition on show in Canberra

2021-03-27T12:24:14+11:00March 27th, 2021|

Mervyn Bishop by Greg Lee Mervyn Bishop: The Exhibition National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, Canberra, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm until 1 August 2021 Tickets: $13 adult / $10 concession and Friends of the NFSA / $9 groups / FREE for under 18s. Come and see photographs [...]

Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians

2020-05-15T17:33:21+10:00May 15th, 2020|

Although the National Museum of Australia is not open to the public due to the corona virus pandemic, anyone interested in the anniversary of the 250th voyage of HMS Endeavour and the untold stories from First Nations' perspectives can view the museum's exhibition about the voyage online. Watch Endeavour [...]

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 [...]

Conference to rethink Australian colonialism

2018-07-18T01:37:45+10:00July 17th, 2018|

H. Calvert, 'A Deadly Encounter', 1870s. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales. (Picture digitally coloured). The University of Melbourne has called for papers by Friday 3 August 2018 for "Colonialism and its Narratives: rethinking the colonial archive in Australia conference" to be held on 10–11 December [...]

Australia’s frontier killings still escape official memory

2018-06-09T01:10:56+10:00June 9th, 2018|

Myall Creek, New South Wales, Australia. It was on Myall Creek station that stockmen massacred 28 Aboriginal men, women and children on 10 June 1838. The trial of 11 convicts and former convicts for the murders created a sensation because, at the time, Europeans were hardly ever charged with [...]

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

2018-04-25T11:22:36+10:00April 25th, 2018|

"Lest We Forget The Frontier Wars"–banners and placards recall conflicts between colonists and Australia's First Peoples on the colonial frontier, Frontier Wars March, Anzac Parade, Reid, Canberra, 25 April 2018. Photo: Jane Morrison If Anzac Day is about Australian servicemen and women fighting in overseas wars to protect [...]

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

2018-04-17T08:28:35+10:00April 17th, 2018|

On Anzac Day, 25 April 2017, Aboriginal people laid wreathes commemorating the fallen in the frontier wars at the Stone of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Photo: Jane Morrison REMINDER/Media Alert Invitation to join  2018 Frontier Wars March on Anzac Day When: Gather at 9.30 am Wednesday 25 [...]

Aboriginal Tent Embassy camp shines light on frontier wars

2018-04-17T06:56:25+10:00April 17th, 2018|

  Sovereignty sign, Aboriginal Embassy, Canberra, Australia, 2017. Despite the invasion of their lands, killings, massacres and dispossession since 1788, First Nations have never ceded their sovereignty. Photo Jane Morrison A camp at the Embassy is expected to host 100 or more visitors who will take part in [...]

Aborigines more popular than Captain Cook?

2018-05-30T21:42:25+10:00March 7th, 2018|

Questions continue to be raised about statues commemorating the British and the lack of memorials commemorating the First Australians who have inhabited this continent and its islands for up to possibly 70,000 years or more. The role English Captain James Cook played in British exploration in the 1770s and the [...]

No specific day can be Australia Day: Michael Anderson

2018-01-24T21:27:57+11:00January 24th, 2018|

Michael Anderson speaking at the Aboriginal Embassy, Canberra, Australia, 26 January 2017. Photo: Jane Morrison Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their supporters call this national holiday on 26 January, 'the Day of Mourning', 'Invasion Day' or 'Survival Day'. For the government, 26 January celebrates the arrival of [...]