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Archives February 2015

Tasmania: A Timeline of the History of First Nations People

A comprehensive Timeline for the history of First Nations people in Tasmania. Also incded are some copies of John Glover's landscape paintings, including the Last Muster of Tasmanian Aborigines at Risdon. This painting tells the story of the last group of innocent Tasmanian Aborigines that remains in the Risdon Area before they were deported to Flinders Island. Glover thought the Tasmanian Aborigines would be extinct by that period of time, and when he died in 1849, there were only about 40 Tasmanian Aborigines still alive. Read more about Tasmania: A Timeline of the History of First Nations People

New foster care laws in the NT transfers parental rights to a third party until the child is 18

An Aboriginal peak body has concerns about a new 'permanent care order' that transfers parental rights to carers. The government says the new 'permanent care orders' would be in effect until the child was 18 and are designed to provide a more stable upbringing for children unable to live at home. It is virtually the same as adoption without changing the child's surname, birth certificate, birthrights or entitlements. SNAICC CEO Frank Hytten said the new laws could mean that children become lost in the system. Read more about New foster care laws in the NT transfers parental rights to a third party until the child is 18

Meston's 'Wild Australia' Show 1892-1893

Meston's 'Wild Australia' Show 1892-1893

A little before 1892, Archibald Meston who later became the Southern Protector of Aboriginals for Queensland rounded up 27 First Nations people from Wakaya, Kuthant, Kurtjar, Arapa, Walangama, Mayikulan, Kabi Kabi, Kalkadoon and Muralag. There were 22 men, four women and one child. He called his prisoners the 'Wild Australia' show and carted them down the east coast of Australia until he ran out of funds and deserted them in Melbourne. - A Photographic Exhibition aims to reconnect families to their descendants. Read more about Meston's 'Wild Australia' Show 1892-1893

Redfern First Nations Embassy slapped with 48 hour eviction notices

Property investors have been promised a suburb "free of Aboriginals," but protesters in Sydney's most well-known Indigenous community aren't giving in without a fight. According to Munro, occupants of the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy (RATE) were slapped with eviction notices at mid-afternoon, and given a 48-hour window to respond. That means activists must take their case to a court before Sunday afternoon. “He served it knowing we won't be able to access the courts. It's just more filthy politics,” Jenny Munro stated. Read more about Redfern First Nations Embassy slapped with 48 hour eviction notices

Plans to shut Aboriginal communities driving people out

Mulan Aboriginal community

Aboriginal leaders say the WA government plan to close communities is already driving people out of some of the most remote parts of Australia. Premier Colin Barnett last year announced as many as 150 of the state's 274 communities would be closed in the next three years because of a funding shortfall. Mr Steven Kopp, the Chairman of Mulan homelands community, which sits on top of the Tanami Desert, said some people were so worried about the community's future that up to 20 had already moved away. Read more about Plans to shut Aboriginal communities driving people out

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