Tag Archives: Frontier Wars

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. Included among the signatories are a number of Aboriginal people including Jennifer Newman who is President of CRVA.

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

Consultation on an Appropriate Frontier War Memorial

Prof. Lyndall Ryan – mapping frontier massacres

At its Ordinary Council Meeting on 13 February 2018, the Inner West Council adopted the following motion entitled ‘Mayoral Minute: Initiating Consultation about an Appropriate Frontier War Memorial’:

THAT:
1. Council consult with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Strategic Reference Group, the Metro Land Council and further representatives from the local community about the need, form and location of a Frontier War memorial;
2. A report be brought back to council outlin(ing) the results of this consultation; and
3. The report should draw from international examples and research. Continue reading Consultation on an Appropriate Frontier War Memorial

Anzac Day Reflective Gathering – 25 April 2017

Marrickville Peace Park Signage

During an Anzac Day address in 2013, the former Governor of Tasmania, the Hon. Peter Underwood AC, emphasised the following: “All our remembrances and honours are meaningless, unless we also vow to become resolute about peace because that is what those whom we remember and honour on this special day thought they were dying for.”1

In keeping with this memorable statement, an Anzac Day Reflection was held in Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park on Tuesday 25 April from 10.30am to 11.30am.

The event was organised by Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign (GCPC) and attracted 17 people from a range of groups, ages and backgrounds. Continue reading Anzac Day Reflective Gathering – 25 April 2017

Lest We Forget – Recognising the Frontier Wars

Henry Reynolds Forgotten WarThe NSW Fabians held a public forum on the Frontier Wars on Friday June 26 in Sydney. The key speaker was the historian Prof Henry Reynolds, author of Frontier War (NewSouth Publishing, 2013) and A History of Tasmania (CUP, 2012).

In promoting the event, the NSW Fabians noted that the Australian Frontier Wars were fought from 1788 to the 1920s between Indigenous Australians and an invading coalition of white settlers, militia, police, and colonial soldiers and that the conflict claimed an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Aboriginal lives and the lives of between 2,000 and 2,500 Europeans.

Despite the significance of the Frontier Wars to our shared history, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra continues to reject calls for these wars to be granted the recognition that other wars involving Australians have been officially given. Continue reading Lest We Forget – Recognising the Frontier Wars