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 [...]

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! [...]

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 [...]

Revamp inspired by Yagan

2018-07-11T08:11:37+10:00July 11th, 2018|

The City of Albany in Western Australia is proposing to update its Alison Hartman Gardens that includes a statue of Mokare, who did much to inform colonists about the culture and beliefs of the local Noongar people. The revamp has been inspired by Yagan Square in the centre of Western [...]

The Anaiwan Frontier Wars–reclaiming history in New England

2018-07-10T23:19:55+10:00July 10th, 2018|

Two researchers at the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia, have released a new magazine detailing frontier wars in the New England area from 1832 to the mid-1840s. Read more and listen to the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association's audio of 30 January 2018 at: https://caama.com.au/news/2018/restoring-new-england-a-reclamation-of-history-in-the-anaiwan-frontier-wars  

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 [...]

Appin Massacre remembered 202 years on

2018-04-10T07:20:32+10:00April 9th, 2018|

A plaque commemorates at least 14 Aboriginal people of the Dharawal Nation killed in a massacre near Appin, New South Wales on 17 April 1816. Photo Jane Morrison, September 2016 It is 202 years since this atrocity, ordered by the New South Wales military, occurred. A memorial service [...]

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