Aboriginal massacres

Mount Dispersion recognised as a Declared Aboriginal Place

2020-06-04T11:45:10+10:00June 4th, 2020|

Mount Dispersion, site of a massacre of Aboriginal people in 1836, has been recognised as a Declared Aboriginal Place. The gazettal, on 24 April 2020, of the site gives it legal recognition and protection as a significant site under New South Wales law. On 27 May 2020, 184 years ago, [...]

Myall Creek Memorial Ceremony 2020 cancelled, goes virtual

2020-05-15T18:06:06+10:00May 15th, 2020|

Owing to the corona virus pandemic, the 20th anniversary Myall Creek Memorial ceremony has been cancelled. However the Friends of Myall Creek are planning a virtual Annual Gathering. Read more from the Friends below.   This year marks a significant milestone for the Myall Creek Memorial, being the 20th [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Waterloo Bay massacre commemorated 170 years later with memorial

2018-05-30T20:58:46+10:00May 30th, 2018|

A massacre of Aboriginal people at Waterloo Bay, Elliston, South Australia has been commemorated with a memorial 170 years on. Read more in Nicola Gage's story dated 19 May 2017 on ABC News online at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-19/waterloo-bay-massacre-commemorated-170-years-later-with-memorial/8539416

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 [...]

Aboriginal WWI soldier William Punch, a survivor

2018-04-19T09:26:48+10:00April 19th, 2018|

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