Australian Frontier Conflicts

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 [...]

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! [...]

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