Topics: Events

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South West - view

the story of what led to the Appin massacre in 1816

South West - view

the establishment of the Gandangara land council in 1985.

North Coastal - view

the battle at Toongabbie Creek in the late 18th Century that led to enmity between the Darug and the Gai-mariagal , and how a recent ceremony and re-understandings have brought them together again

Central - view

the early 1970’s, during “The Redfern Aboriginal Revolution”, starting at The Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs

North West - view

Sackville Reach Reserve , which closed in the 1940’s

Central - view

Aboriginal people fought at war and still lost their children and homes

North Coastal - view

bulldozed in 1959 and the people taken away in a truck

Central - view

In 1972, Pat Eatock went to the first National Aboriginal Land Rights conference in Alice Springs.

North West - view

Myall Creek massacre

Central - view

Aboriginal people in the 1920s began to fight to reclaim rights, partly inspired by the African American movements of these times.

1788 - West - view

invasion

1789 - North West - view

A smallpox epidemic sweeps through the coast people

1789 - North Coastal - view

In many places our path was covered with skeletons and the same spectacle were to be met with in hollows of most of the rocks of that harbour”. Captain Hunter saw at Broken Bay “a native girl … just recovered from small pox, and lame, she appeared to be 17 or 18 years of age, and had covered her debilitated and naked body with wet grass … she was very much frightened on our approaching her and shed many tears … we soothed her distress a little, and the sailors were ordered to bring up some fire for her.

1789 - North Coastal - view

In a second expedition (to Broken Bay) ”the river received the name Hawkesbury … natives were found labouring under small pox. They did not attempt to commit hostilities against the boats” (Tench 1996, p. 110)

1790 - North Coastal - view

Willermarin, a Koori man visiting from the north, spears Governor Phillip at Manly Cove. Phillip has taken up the invitation of Bennelong to attend a whale feast. Phillip is the victim of an attack and is speared in the shoulder, staggers back to his longboat while his soldiers disperse the Aboriginal people. Phillip does not order retribution and Bennelong is later welcomed back into Phillip’s confidence.

1790 - North Coastal - view

Pemulwuy, a Koori from near Parramatta, fights the invasion by the English through attacks upon the settlement. His group commits many raids killing or wounding 17 people. Pemulwuy spears Governor Phillip’s game keeper John McIntire who dies from his wounds. Governor Phillip orders a punitive party to bring back six Aboriginal people dead or alive, and even issues bags for the heads. Phillip is under much pressure from the famous English naturalist Joseph Banks to obtain Aboriginal skulls promised to other scientists.

1790 - West - view

protest

1790 - West - view

smallpox

1790 - Central - view

The London Oracle

1790 - West - view

killing Phillip’s gamekeeper