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The Brutal Truth - What happened in the gulf country NT

When you know who owned the stations on which Aboriginals were killed and the names of the politicians who knowingly allowed it all to happen, you also know the Who's Who of colonial Australia.

It is horrific to read, in fine detail, what was done to hundreds of innocent men, women and children. That is why some people still want this history to remain hidden.

Tony Roberts 'The Monthly Essays' November 2009 Read more about The Brutal Truth - What happened in the gulf country NT

The difference between the 'First Australians' and the 'First Nations'

Aboriginal people on the continent now known as 'Australia' are not the 'First Australians', they are made up of peoples from the First Nations that all have their own specific names, and in many instances, speak/spoke their own specific language. Therefore as a group they are the First Nations peoples or Original peoples.
 

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First Nations men executed in colonial conflict honoured in major memorial in Melbourne

Ballarat indigenous artist Aunty Marlene's depiction of the 1842 hanging. Photo: City of Melbourne
Ballarat indigenous artist Aunty Marlene's depiction of the 1842 hanging. Photo: City of Melbourne

Clare Rawlinson ABC 27 November 2015

A swing set reminiscent of the gallows where two Indigenous men were hanged in 1842 will be erected as a memorial to colonial conflict in Melbourne. Read more about First Nations men executed in colonial conflict honoured in major memorial in Melbourne

Noongar's letters pleading for return of stolen children or request for old age pension after a lifetime's work

Historical Letters

Letters by Noongar people pleading for the return of their stolen children or requesting access to the old age pension after a lifetime's work will come together in a new project aimed at uncovering a hidden side of Indigenous history.

Curtin University researchers are set to collate letters from state archives and correspondence held by families across Western Australia, dating from the 1860s to the 1960s. Read more about Noongar's letters pleading for return of stolen children or request for old age pension after a lifetime's work

Documentary film explores significance of Aboriginal entrepreneurship in Victoria during colonial times

Aborigional entrepreneurial opportunity

Two film makers are exploring the vital role Aboriginal transport played in the Victorian economy. Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe is a documentary film which explores the significant contribution of the stringybark canoe. The filmmakers were inspired by historian, Dr David 'Fred' Cahir, who specialises in forgotten Indigenous history. They were particularly drawn to his research into the stringybark canoe and its role in Victoria's waterways. In the film, Dr Cahir said most Aboriginal history was about violence and massacres, and not the Aboriginal contribution. Read more about Documentary film explores significance of Aboriginal entrepreneurship in Victoria during colonial times

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