Anzac Day and the coronavirus

Marrickville Peace Park

Due to the coronavirus, no public gatherings to commemorate Anzac Day will be held around the country this year. This has also resulted in the cancellation of the alternative Anzac Day Reflection which was scheduled to take place at the Marrickville Peace Park in Sydney.

This circumstance, however, opens up an opportunity for the Australian community to move away from Anzac Day ceremonies that have become so commercialised and politicised in recent decades.

In particular, it offers the opportunity for people, young and old, to critically reflect upon the Anzac legend and the historical distortions that this myth entails.

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Australia’s Vietnam: Myth vs History

Myths of War is an eight-part history podcast series that ‘looks for the truth in Australian military history — and explores why we sometimes believe the opposite.’

Hosted by historian Mark Dapin, author of Australia’s Vietnam: Myth vs History, the series tackles some of the biggest misconceptions of Australian military history, examining their origins and why they have persisted into the present.

The episodes can be heard on ABC Radio National on consecutive Mondays at 11.30am or via podcasts on the ABC’s website. Each episode lasts for about 25 minutes. Continue reading Australia’s Vietnam: Myth vs History

NAIDOC Week – July 7 to 14, 2019

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’. Events based upon this theme will be held around the country from 7 to 14 July. The three elements of the theme refer to key reforms articulated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

According to National NAIDOC Co-Chair Pat Thompson, for generations Indigenous Australians have campaigned for their unique place in Australian history and society to be officially recognised. She says “(t)he 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart built on generations of consultation and discussions among Indigenous people – we need to be the architects of our lives and futures.” Continue reading NAIDOC Week – July 7 to 14, 2019

Council’s response to proposal for Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail

Map of proposed Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail

On 15 August 2018, the Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA) lodged a petition with Inner West Council that called for the establishment of a Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail.1

A letter, dated 2 November 2018, was issued by Council in response to CRVA’s petition. The letter noted that Council had engaged Tocomwall Aboriginal Consultancy “to undertake a critical investigation into the Gadigal and Wangal landscape” and that the “aim of this investigation is to build a wider and clearer understanding of the former landscape including the flora, the fauna, Aboriginal history, culture and heritage of the Inner West Local Government Area.”2 Continue reading Council’s response to proposal for Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail

Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail Petition

‘Living by the River’ site in Warren Park

The Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA), with assistance from Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign (GCPC), has collected nearly 60 signatures on a petition that calls for the establishment of a Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail.

The signatures were mainly collected at two events that were held in Marrickville during April and May 2018.  These events were the Anzac Day Reflection held on April 25, 2018 in Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park and the National Sorry Day Walk along the Cooks River on May 26, 2018. Continue reading Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail Petition

National Sorry Day Walk – 26th May 2018

Jennifer Newman (Photo by Anand Lohorung)*

To observe National Sorry Day in Marrickville this year, the Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA), supported by the Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign, organised a walk along the Cooks River on Saturday May 26. The event attracted close to 40 people, including members of the Wiradjuri community from central NSW and a number of local Nepalese people.

This year’s Sorry Day Walk was led by Jennifer Newman (CRVA’s Vice-President and local Wiradjuri woman) and was divided into three stages. Continue reading National Sorry Day Walk – 26th May 2018