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.
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→
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 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.