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.
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