How unearthing Queensland’s ‘native police’ camps gives us a window onto colonial violence

Ammunition found at a mounted police camp   at Eyre Creek. Lynley Wallis In 19th century Queensland, the Native Mounted Police were responsible for “dispersing” (a euphemism for systematic killing) Aboriginal people. This government-funded paramilitary force operated from 1849 (prior to Queensland’s separation from New South...

‘You don’t belong to my country either.’ How two Noongar boys spoke up, a world away from home

An engraving of Dirimera and Conaci by Giuseppe Mochettitaken from a daguerreotype of April 5 1852.   Acc no 77930P. With acknowledgements to the Archives of the Benedictine Community of New Norcia. In June 1849, a military formation charged through the streets of Paris. Mounted guns rumbled...

When did Aboriginal people first arrive in Australia?

Humans would have first seen Kata Tjuta very shortly after arriving in Australia 50,000 years ago.  Alan Cooper, Author provided Many Aboriginal Australians would say with conviction that they have always been here. Their ancestors and traditional learnings tell them of this history, and...

Rediscovered: the Aboriginal names for ten Melbourne suburbs

Melbourne in 1846: a view from Collingwood. T. E. Prout. State Library of Victoria Ten previously forgotten Aboriginal names for 19th century sites and suburbs of Melbourne have been recently unearthed at the Melbourne Museum. These include the names for Fitzroy (Ngár-go), Richmond (Quo-yung), Collingwood...

The ring trees of Victoria’s Watti Watti people are an extraordinary part of our heritage

 Ring trees were made by binding young branches of young trees with reeds. As the tree grew,it formed a ring. Tim Church/Timmy Church Films. In the forests of Watti Watti Country of north-west Victoria, you can find trees, typically ancient river red gums, with their branches trained...

Getting a heart check early can prevent heart attack and stroke in Indigenous Australians

Only around half of at-risk Indigenous Australians are taking preventative medication for heart disease. Most heart attacks and strokes can be prevented with appropriate treatment. Yet heart disease, including heart attacks, causes 13% of deaths among Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is...

Indigenous treaties are meaningless without addressing the issue of sovereignty

Victoria’s proposed Indigenous treaty may run into problems over the issue of Aboriginal sovereignty. James Ross/AAP Ironically, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s rejection of the 2017 Statement from the Heart, proposing more meaningful national engagement with Indigenous peoples, has accelerated demands for a treaty process across the country. Victoria and...

Tony Albert’s politically charged kitsch collection confronts our racist past

Tony Albert Girramay/Yidinji/Kuku Yalanji peoples. Australia Qld/NSW b.1981. Mid Century Modern (series) 2016. Pigment prints | 24 works: 100 x 100cm (each) Collection: The artist. Courtesy: Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world but also into a...

Traditional Aboriginal healers should work alongside doctors to help close the gap

Indigenous Australians have a strong relationship with the natural world. from shutterstock.com The wellbeing of Indigenous people is based around having the freedom and resources to practise cultural ways of being. While some of these can seem removed from those in the West – such as the...

Mabo Day on Sunday 3 June 2018, Deakin Edge, Federation Square.

Join with the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal communities in Victoria to celebrate one of the most significant dates on the Indigenous calendar, Mabo Day on Sunday 3 June 2018, Deakin Edge, Federation Square. Hosted by the multi-talented Lisa Maza (of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage),...