How the kidnapping of a First Nations man on New Year’s Eve in 1788 may have led to a smallpox epidemic

2022-01-25T12:45:16+11:00January 25th, 2022|

The Conversation, 11 January 2022: Captains Hunter, Collins & Johnston with Governor Phillip, Surgeon White &c. visiting a distressed female native of New South Wales at a hut near Port Jackson 1793, National Library of Australia [nla.pic-an789041]

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: [...]

Smallpox: 1789 Biological warfare against First Nations

2017-12-06T02:37:39+11:00November 6th, 2017|

It is possible that smallpox was deliberately used as a biological ‘weapon’ against First Peoples living in the Sydney region in the early days of colonial New South Wales. Talk by Chris Warren recorded at the Aboriginal Embassy, Canberra on 17 April 2017:

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