Australia Was Founded on Genocide. It’s Time to Make Amends.

2021-07-14T14:27:34+10:00July 14th, 2021|

Gary Pearce reviews Henry Reynolds' book Truth-telling: History, Sovereignty and the Uluru Statement for Jacobin magazine, 27 June 2021: Read the review: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/06/australia-genocide-first-nations-indigenous-truth-telling-henry-reynolds-review

1789 epidemic killed about half of Sydney’s First People in 1789

2021-06-07T18:54:20+10:00June 7th, 2021|

A deadly illness, probably smallpox, tore through First Nations communities around Sydney Cove in 1789, killing possibly half their numbers, leaving the dead along its shores. Was this outbreak an infection passed on from unaffected colonists, the French, or distant Makassans? Or did the British authorities deliberately spread the disease [...]

Calls to reinvent Anzac Day to Remember Frontier Conflicts

2021-04-28T17:16:22+10:00April 21st, 2021|

Many Australians are calling for Anzac Day to be reinvented as attendances at services have plummeted in recent years, so writes Romain Fathi of Flinders University today (21 April 2021) in The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/crowds-at-dawn-services-have-plummeted-in-recent-years-its-time-to-reinvent-anzac-day-157313? While big crowds at Anzac Day services a few years ago may have been partly [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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