Tag Archives: Aborigines

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 27th January, 1938 : Sydney was awash in a sea of colour yesterday as the focus of celebrations of Australia’s 150th anniversary, but not everyone was happy. Although a group of Aborigines staging a … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 15th October, 1901: The anthropologist Walter Baldwin Spencer has made the first film of Aboriginal rites during an expedition that has taken him from Oodnadatta, South Australia to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Mr Spencer … Continue reading

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Deaths in custody

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger The death in custody is alive and well. The myth of it, of course, as evidenced by the slogans and handy posters at the recent Brisbane G20 humbug: By the way, the Aborigines … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) November, 1949 : The Aboriginal singer Harold Blair has criticised Australia’s treatment of its Aborigines. Blair, on a concert tour in New York, was interviewed by the New York Herald Tribune. He is quoted … Continue reading

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  NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 31st May, 1931 : Harold Lasseter, who died in Central Australia seeking his fortune in gold, says in letters found on his body and released in Sydney today that he was betrayed by … Continue reading

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Aboriginal literacy and its enemies

  from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger “On behalf of the quadroon and half-caste children of Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia, I beg to state that it is months and months since those children were at school and … Continue reading

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november memories / 19

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 19th November, 1906 : Two new reports argue strongly for white settlement and development of the Northern Territory, and for white coexistence with the Aborigines. They come from the Adelaide Coroner, Dr Ramsay Smith, … Continue reading

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may memories / 27

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 27th May, 1971 : Neville Bonner, the Queensland President of the One People of Australia League, is certain to become the first Aboriginal Member of an Australian Parliament after his selection for a Senate … Continue reading

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may memories / 14

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 14th May, 1905 : Neck chains for Aborigine prisoners have been banned in Western Australia. Under new rules, the use of chains in prisons has also been prohibited, except as punishment or with the … Continue reading

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july memories / 07

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 7th July, 1927 : It is clear that many people have already made up their minds as to the guilt of two policemen accused of murdering natives. Constables Graham St Jack and Denis Regan … Continue reading

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july memories / 03

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 3rd July, 1922 : About forty per cent of Aborigines in the Government compound in Darwin are infected with hookworm, according to a report from the chief health officer for the area. He says … Continue reading

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may memories / 10

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)  10th May, 1921 : Mrs Daisy Bates, who is engaged in mission work with Aborigines at Ooldea in South Australia, reports that cannibalism is prevalent in Central Australia. Mrs Bates’ services were retained by … Continue reading

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april memories / 18

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 18th April, 1937 : Of the estimated 300,000 Aborigines at the time of white man’s arrival in Australia, only 60,000 are left. What can be done to help these few is now being discussed … Continue reading

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Archaeology in a deep trench

Paul Jacko I used to buy or borrow Archaeology, the publication of the Archaeological Institute of America. At this moment the reader, recalling, hopefully, my previous writings, knows what to expect. Yes, I noticed that the cancer of political correctness … Continue reading

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Katoomba to Canberra – the same mentality

  The images of shocking events on Australia Day, 26 January 2012, when Aborigines violently attacked the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader and, a day later, spat upon and burnt the Australian flag, were instantly beamed all around the … Continue reading

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november memories / 24

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 24th November, 1946 : The Australian Government plans to build a rocket testing range in South Australia. However, there is already concern that the range could present a danger to Aborigines living in the … Continue reading

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