Jupiter Mosman Discovers Gold At Charters Towers,1871

Jupiter Mosman Discovers Gold At Charters Towers,1871     Jupiter Mosman (c.1861-1945)   On 23 December 1871 Jupiter Mosman discovered gold at Charters Towers in North Queensland.     The Charters Towers gold fields went on to become one of the riches fields in Queensland. Gold production came to a halt in 1917  but the gold never ran out.  To this […]

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Yagan: Hero Of The Australian Aboriginal Resistance

Yagan: Hero Of The Australian Aboriginal Resistance   The story of Yagan is about the invasion of Aboriginal lands in Western Australia by the British.     The Indigenous people of southwest Western Australia were and are generally known as Nyoongar. Yagan’s own group of people from the Swan River area are the Bibbulman. The Nyoongar fiercely defended their rights […]

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Aboriginal Australian Classics For Christmas Reading

First People Then And Now   Aboriginal Australian Classics For Christmas Reading   Aboriginal Men of High Degree: Initiation and Sorcery in the World’s Oldest Tradition.  By A.P. Elkin In this anthropological classic, Elkin writes about Aboriginal “medicine men” or “men of high degree”. He looks into their personal qualities, role,and function in traditional Aboriginal society. Some of their super […]

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Outback

Scientists Discover Grass That Tastes Like Potato Chips

Researchers in Australia made an unusual finding after accidentally realizing a newly-discovered species of grass tastes just like salt and vinegar potato chips. The spinifex grass, found in Australia’s outback, was one of eight species discovered by a team of scientists from the University of Western Australia. A paper describing the new species, published in the…

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Uluru

Aboriginal children suffer ‘shocking’ treatment: probe

Aboriginal children are subjected to “shocking” treatment at youth detention centres in northern Australia, an investigation revealed Friday, after a video of violence against mostly indigenous boys sparked outrage. The damning report said detained children were subjected to physical abuse, encouraged or paid to perform humiliating acts and denied essentials like food, water and the use…

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