Anniversary of Windradyne’s death

Anniversary of Windradyne’s death     March 21 2020, is the anniversary of Windradyne’s death. Who was Windradyne? In the 1820s in the Bathurst region of New South Wales, an Indigenous leader became prominent in a guerrilla resistance campaign against the British invasion of Wiradjuri lands.  This was Windradyne (c.1800–1829) also known as Saturday.   Land grab   The British landholders’ […]

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Aboriginal Resistance Hero Hanged – Anniversary

Aboriginal Resistance Hero Hanged – Anniversary     On 24 February 1825 an Indigenous Australian resistance hero, Musquito (c1780-1825) was publicly hanged. Musquito was an Australian historical figure. He was both an Indigenous resistance hero and a Tasmanian bushranger. Musquito,  regarded as one of Tasmania’s most violent bushrangers, was known by various names – Mosquito, Musquetta, Bush Muschetta or Muskito. […]

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12th Anniversary Saying Sorry

12th Anniversary Saying Sorry     The 13 February 2020 is the 12th anniversary of the historic Apology made by former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, to members of the Stolen Generations. This happened in Federal Parliament when the Prime Minister made his opening speech to the newly elected Australian Parliament. In his speech, Rudd apologised to all Indigenous Australians and […]

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Aboriginal Day Of Mourning

Aboriginal Day Of Mourning   In 1938 Australians marked the 150th anniversary of British settlement with the landing of the First Fleet. This was a day that some celebrated and others mourned. Protest To coincide with the celebrations in Sydney on 26 January three Australian Indigenous leaders organised an Aboriginal Day of Mourning. They were William Cooper, William Ferguson, and […]

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Australia A Continent On Fire

Australia A Continent On Fire     New Year’s Day 2020. Australia is on fire.  Etched even more deeply into the Australian psyche the massive, uncontrollable bush fires of 2019 sweeping the country are unprecedented. Catastrophic fires And as we move into 2020 the burning nation can only be described as apocalyptic. The large scale catastrophic fires have put Australia […]

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Musquito: Australian Aboriginal Hero Of The Resistance

Musquito: Australian Aboriginal Hero Of The Resistance     First People Then and Now: Australian Aboriginal Heroes of the Resistance by Marji Hill is an account of five Australian Aboriginal resistance heroes. It reveals what for many is the ‘hidden history’ of Australia. Musquito was a resistance fighter from the Central Coast of New South Wales. After having been sent to Norfolk […]

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Australian Aboriginal Heroes Of The Resistance

Australian Aboriginal Heroes Of The Resistance     Frontier Wars in Australia Violent conflict on the Australian frontier started on this continent soon after the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. From this time on, Australia experienced constant warfare on its soil – not only in the Sydney region but throughout the country.  This continued right up to the […]

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Yagan: Hero Of The Australian Aboriginal Resistance

Yagan: Hero Of The Australian Aboriginal Resistance     The story of Yagan (c1795-1833) is about the invasion of Aboriginal lands in Western Australia by the British colonists. Yagan was a hero of the Australian Aboriginal resistance and since then has become an iconic figure and symbol of the fight for Nyungar rights and recognition. Marji Hill  First People Then […]

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What Exactly Is A Clan In Aboriginal Australia?

What Exactly Is A Clan In Aboriginal Australia?       In traditional Aboriginal Australia a clan is a group of Aboriginal people who are all descended from a common ancestor. A band, on the other hand, is made up of small family groups. When these families came together they formed a “band”. A band might be made up of […]

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Outback

OUT OF PLACE: ONE ARTIST’S STORY OF ABORIGINAL LIFE

After spending half a lifetime with the indigenous people of Australia, a former art teacher from Anhui is keen to share his journey with society It’s nothing new that an artist might be inspired by indigenous art from other lands considering Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), which was said to be influenced by African…

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