WGAR News: Pioneering myth of early white settlers branded a lie by historian Dr Timothy Bottoms

Newsletter date: 14 June 2013

Contents:

* CAAMA: Frontier history revisited "A Queensland based historian has branded the pioneering myth of the early white settlers as a lie."
* Eleanor Gilbert, YouTube: Remembering the Frontier Wars - Anzac Day 2013, Canberra - Sovereign Embassy
* Brooke Boney, NITV News: Myall Creek massacre remembered
* Ron Sutton, SBS Radionews: Myall Creek: A massacre and a reconciliation
* The Inverell Times: Myall Creek remembered
* Sovereign Union: The Rufus River Massacre - Lake Victoria South West NSW
* Canberra Times: Call to honour indigenous servicemen

* The Wire: Cementing Aboriginal history [Documenting the life stories of Aboriginal Elders living in Bankstown]

* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Amnesty's State of the World's Human Rights report takes aim at Australia

* The Wire: Republicanism and Indigenous constitutional recognition: winning combo?

* Other articles

* CAAMA: FRONTIER HISTORY REVISITED

- Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: Frontier history revisted
http://caama.com.au/frontier-history-revisted
12 Jun 13: "A Queensland based historian has branded the pioneering myth of the early white settlers as a lie. In his book Conspiracy of Silence, Doctor Timothy Bottoms claims that Australia has been let down by historians."

- Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: CAAMA News 12-06-13
http://caama.com.au/caama-news-12-06-13
12 Jun 13: "A Queensland based historian has branded the pioneering myth of the early white settlers as a lie and says that the country has been dismally let down by Australians historians since the post World War 2 period."

* ELEANOR GILBERT, YOUTUBE: REMEMBERING THE FRONTIER WARS - ANZAC DAY 2013, CANBERRA - SOVEREIGN EMBASSY

- Video

YouTube: Remembering the Frontier Wars - Anzac Day 2013, Canberra - Sovereign Embassy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4Fvfjk8nIs#!
11 May 13: "The hidden history of Australia is being exposed when First Nations people and supporters march behind the Anzac Day march along Anzac Parade to the Australian War Memorial carrying banners naming a few of the frontier conflicts between First Nations and Peoples and the invading force of colonisers. Video by Eleanor Gilbert "
Also available on Vimeo - http://vimeo.com/65880032

- Related Videos

Eleanor Gilbert, Vimeo: Frontier Wars - Anzac Day march 2012, Canberra
http://vimeo.com/63144443

Eleanor Gilbert, Vimeo: Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars: Re Imagining Anzac
http://vimeo.com/32897223
"On Anzac Eve a vigil for peace, carrying paper lanterns, descends Mt Ainslie on which the Australian War Memorial stands in Canberra. The following day, ANZAC Day 2011, Michael Anderson negotiates with police to permit the inaugral march remembering Aboriginal Nations and Peoples who defended Country against the invading forces from Europe. Lead by Mick Thorpe and bearing signs respecting wars of resistance and massacres a diverse group respectfully falls in behind the Anzac Day march. Emotions rise as the crowd claps openly in respect for the courageous group, but at the end of the parade their progress is blocked by police, demonstrating that Australia is yet to attain a maturity."

* BROOKE BONEY, NITV NEWS: MYALL CREEK MASSACRE REMEMBERED

- Video

SBS World News: Myall Creek massacre remembered
Source: Brooke Boney, NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1776687/Myall-Creek-massacre-remembered
9 Jun 13: "The annual memorial for a shocking massacre of local people by white colonists in Northern New South Wales has also become a ceremony for reconciliation. Nearly 30 Aboriginal men, women and children were slaughtered by a group of convicts and stockmen at Myall Creek, back in 1883, and the impact is still being felt today. NITV News reporter Brooke Boney has the story."

- Past Event

Event: Sun 9 June 2013: Myall Creek, NSW
Myall Creek Commemoration
"The annual memorial commemoration ceremony is for
those who died in the Myall Creek massacre.
This public commemoration is held at Myall Creek,
the site of the massacre, west of Inverell on the
Bingara-Delungra Road, commencing at 9.30 a.m.
This year the meeting will again be held on the Sunday,
not Saturday, of the June long weekend."
Event details: http://www.myallcreek.info/news/article/myall-creek-commemoration-8-june...

* RON SUTTON, SBS RADIONEWS: MYALL CREEK: A MASSACRE AND A RECONCILIATION

- Audio

SBS Radionews: Myall Creek: A massacre and a reconciliation
By Ron Sutton
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/271095/Myall-C...
7 Jun 13: "On the 175th anniversary of a ghastly massacre of Aboriginal people, a survivor's descendants have found hope -- from a surprising source. ... Sometimes, even in real life, the most horrific stories can have an uplifting -- if not exactly happy -- ending. In this case, it's taken most of two centuries to get there, but it's happened. The story is set about 20 minutes' drive these days outside the north-eastern New South Wales town of Inverell. Ron Sutton has the story."

* THE INVERELL TIMES: MYALL CREEK REMEMBERED

- News

The Inverell Times: Myall Creek remembered
http://www.inverelltimes.com.au/story/1564680/myall-creek-remembered/?cs...
11 Jun 13: "THE 175th anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre was remembered on Sunday when both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians gathered at the annual ceremony held at the Myall Creek Memorial. In 1838, more than 170 years ago, 28 Aboriginal Elders, women and children were murdered by white stockmen at Myall Creek. Now the descendants of both the Aboriginal people and the perpetrators of the crime have erected a monument at Myall Creek, and a commemoration ceremony is held there every June long weekend." By Steve Green

* SOVEREIGN UNION: THE RUFUS RIVER MASSACRE - LAKE VICTORIA SOUTH WEST NSW

- Background

Sovereign Union: The Rufus River Massacre - Lake Victoria South West NSW
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/584
"The reference material for this abridged account is:
'The Rufus River Massacre'
Pat and Brian Glenie Renmark/Paringa/Cal Lal Historical and Preservation Society Inc
Compiled by Peter J Reilly 1998/99 - some editing by Sovereign Union "

See:

Sovereign Union: Fighting for land nothing new for First Nations elder
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/583
"Murra Wurra Paakintji elder Dorothy Lawson says her grandparent's rights as "squatters" were over-looked when authorities built a water storage basin at Lake Victoria in 1922"

* CANBERRA TIMES: CALL TO HONOUR INDIGENOUS SERVICEMEN

- News

The Canberra Times: Call to honour indigenous servicemen
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/call-to-honour-indigenous-servi...
12 Jun 13: "Next year's Anzac centenary is a chance to belatedly recognise the efforts of Aboriginal servicemen during both world wars, Australian War Memorial council member Graham Edwards believes. Aborigines have served in every conflict involving Australia, from the Boer War to the present day, and at least five Aboriginal Diggers are buried at Gallipoli with an estimated 500 to 600 enlisting for the ''Great War''. ... thousands of Aborigines enlisted during World War II, joining all three services and taking part in actions as far afield as Greece and the Kokoda Track." David Ellery, Reporter for The Canberra Times

* THE WIRE: CEMENTING ABORIGINAL HISTORY

- Audio

The Wire: Cementing Aboriginal history
Produced by Ellen Leabeater
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10429
3 Jun 13: "The Aboriginal oral tradition is an important one, but how do you bring these stories to a wider audience, and ensure their continuance for younger generations? A new book documenting the life stories of Aboriginal Elders living in Bankstown in Sydney’s south-west has been released, in the hope that recording these stories will help educate the younger generation. ... The stories have been complied over the last seven years by the Bankstown Youth Development Service, which aims to give a voice to minority groups who are often not heard in the public domain. ...
Featured in story:
* Tim Carroll - Director Bankstown Youth Development Service
* Gaele Sobott - Editor, Young Days
* Mick Gooda - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Gangulu man
* Noeline Helen (Dunghutti woman), Robyn Schmitz (Wiradjuri woman), Harry Allie (Kudjula man)- Bankstown Elders"

* GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER: AMNESTY'S STATE OF THE WORLD'S HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT TAKES AIM AT AUSTRALIA

- Analysis / Opinion

The Stringer: Amnesty's State of the World's Human Rights report takes aim at Australia
http://thestringer.com.au/amnestys-state-of-the-worlds-human-rights-repo...
2 Jun 13: "Amnesty International has slammed Australia’s human rights record as one that is fast deteriorating. Amnesty’s annual State of the World’s Human Rights report took aim at Australia’s neglect of Aboriginal peoples and its maltreatment of Asylum Seekers. Only three decades ago Australia was being held in high record on human rights score cards around the world for apparent advancements in its conduct towards Aboriginal peoples and refugees. But ironically since Eddie Mabo and Native Title and the Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody (RCIADC) the unfolding social justice calls have stagnated ... " By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist

* THE WIRE: REPUBLICANISM AND INDIGENOUS CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION: WINNING COMBO?

- Audio Interview

The Wire: Republicanism and Indigenous constitutional recognition: winning combo?
Produced by Eduardo Jordan
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10451
7 Jun 13: "In 1990s, the referendum of the government to switch the political system into a Republic was defeated. Today, after more than a decade, the movement strikes back and gaining its momentum. The movement is bringing a topic on the spotlight: acknowledging and recognising the First Peoples of Australia into the Constitution. The Australian Republic Movement is consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to develop the idea of Australia to become a Republic, in which the system looks more accurate to the actual values ...
Featured in story:
David Morris - Director of the Australian Republican Movement"

- Related News

The Australian: Indigenous campaign pushes republicans away
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous-campaign-pus...
8 Jun 13: "THE leaders of the indigenous recognition campaign have declared they don't want any link with the reignited campaign for a republic, arguing that aligning themselves with the divisive push to dump the monarchy would hurt their cause. Tim Gartrell, the campaign director for Recognise, which is seeking to build support for the recognition of Aborigines and Torres Strait islanders in the Constitution, yesterday rejected an offer of assistance from the republican movement and its claim that the issues had a natural link." Patricia Karvelas

The Australian: Recognising Aborigines 'essential' to republic
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/recognising-ab...
7 Jun 13: "THE Australian Republican Movement wants to help build momentum for constitutional change to acknowledge indigenous Australians, as a first step towards a republic. ARM national director David Morris said the movement "emphatically supports the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Constitution". Mr Morris said the ARM was consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to provide support to achieve a "yes" vote to a referendum." Patricia Karvelas

* OTHER ARTICLES:

- Audio

National Indigenous Radio Service: Sovereignty campaign to see 'domino effect'
11 Jun 13: "The co-founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra says there could be something of a domino effect after a group declared themselves as sovereign peoples recently. The Murrawarri people from northern New South Wales have declared themselves an independent state to be known as the Murrawarri Republic."

- News

The Australian: Race for national congress heats up
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/race-for-nat...
8 Jun 13: "A NUMBER of high profile indigenous figures are running for the leadership of the peak Aboriginal body, including editor of the Koori Mail Kirstie Parker and former head of the NSW/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service Gerry Moore. The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples is headed by co-chairs Jody Broun and Les Malezer, but The Australian can reveal they will both be challenged by high standing indigenous leaders. This will make the ballot the most competitive in the body's short history." Patricia Karvelas

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