July 11, 2018

Revamp inspired by Yagan

The City of Albany in Western Australia is proposing to update its Alison Hartman Gardens that includes a statue of Mokare, who did much to inform colonists about the culture and beliefs of the local Noongar people. The revamp has been inspired by Yagan Square in the centre of Western Australia’s capital, Perth.  Read more in Toby Hussey’s story in the Albany Advertiser, 10 July 2018 at:   Left: Robert Hitchcock’s Yagan Statue, Heirisson Island, Swan River, near Perth, Western Australia. Yagan (c. 1795–1833) was a Noongar warrior who played a key role in Aboriginal resistance to colonisation in the Perth area in the 1830s. Yagan died on 11 July 1833, when a trusted non-Aboriginal friend, William Keats, shot and killed him for a government bounty. Keats allegedly needed the money for his fare back to England. Yagan’s body was mutilated, his head removed so the bounty could be claimed. Yagan’s head was sent to England, where it was exhibited as ‘an anthropological curiosity’. It took 177 years for English authorities to return Yagan’s to relatives for a religious burial in July 2010. Yagan Square, named in honour of the famous warrior, was opened in Perth’s city centre on 3 March 2018.  
July 4, 2018

Jandamarra: The outlaw who fought to save his country and people from colonisation

ABC Kimberley’s Emily Jane Smith retells the story of Bunuba warrior, Jandamarra, in her story posted on 4 July 2018 at: Below is an image of the entrance to Tunnel Creek, Western Australia, that was one of Jandamarra’s headquarters in his three-year battle to protect his people and country from colonisation. (Wikimedia Commons image)
June 9, 2018

Australia’s frontier killings still escape official memory

Tomorrow, Sunday 10 June 2018, is the 180th anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre that happened near Bingara, New South Wales on 10 June 1838. The Australian War Memorial (AWM) still refuses to officially recognise Australia’s colonial frontier conflicts as part of Australia’s participation in various wars, although the AWM says ‘the frontier wars’ should be recognised by other institutions such as museums. Paul Daley of The Guardian recalls the horrific event at Myall Creek in his story, ‘Australia’s frontier war killings conveniently escape official memory’, published on 8 June 2018 at: You can read more about the history of the Myall Creek Massacre and see a program of events related to the 180th anniversary commemoration at: Books Various books have been written about the Myall Creek Massacre. The University of New South Wales has published a new book, Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre, edited by Jane Lydon and Lyndall Ryan, to coincide with the 180th anniversary.   Other publications about the Myall Creek Massacre, like Mark Tedechi’s Murder at Myall Creek: The trial that defined a nation, published by Simon & Schuster in 2016, are included in the Bibliography and Journal Articles pages on this website. Videos Some of the videos produced about the Myall Creek Massacre are: Aboriginal massacre at Bingara (Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay country), freedomandpeacesos, 21 March 2010. You can watch this video at: Australia on Trial (2011)–Massacre at Myall Creek. You can watch this video at: YouTube summary of Australia on Trial: ‘Presented by historian Michael Cathcart, Australia on Trial is a thought-provoking three-part series recreating the historic trials that throw light on the Australia of colonial times. These high-profile and controversial court cases raised major issues of national identity at a time when Australia was evolving from the dominion of the British Empire into a more autonomous federated nation in the late 19th century. Each of the cases caused a sensation at the time and attracted enormous public interest. Each triggered social and political debate about subjects at the very heart of Australian society: democracy and justice, the identity and behaviour of Australia’s men, and attitudes towards women and Indigenous […]
May 30, 2018

Waterloo Bay massacre commemorated 170 years later with memorial

A massacre of Aboriginal people at Waterloo Bay, Elliston, South Australia has been commemorated with a memorial 170 years on. Read more in Nicola Gage’s story dated 19 May 2017 on ABC News online at:
May 1, 2018

Lynching memorial and museum in Alabama draw crowds, tears

A new memorial, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, honours 4,400 African Americans slain in lynchings and other racial killings between 1877 and 1950. A related museum–The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration–will open in Montgomery soon. Read Beth J Harpaz’s story about the new memorial and proposed museum in the Denver Post on 29 April 2018 at: Lynching memorial and museum in Alabama draw crowds, tears