Thursday, January 31, 2019

January 31 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1815 - Governor Macquarie decided to settle ‘friendly’ Aborigines on land they can farm. He erected huts at Georges Head (Mosman ), for Boongaree (Bungaree) and his Broken Bay clan to ‘Settle and Cultivate’.
Macquarie presented Bungaree with a crescent-shaped metal gorget or breastplate naming him ‘Chief of the Broken Bay Tribe’. The Aboriginal ‘settlers’ received clothing, seeds, farming implements and a fishing boat called the Bongaree.

1838 - George Augustus Robinson was appointed Chief Protector of Aborigines, with his headquarters in Port Phillip.

1879 - Chilagorah was arrested and found guilty for the murder of Pintagorah on this day at Cossack (Westralia).

1905 - The West Australian newspaper published the first Royal Commission on Atrocities Against Aboriginal Prisoners.
Which makes for harrowing reading.

1917 - Having a spot of water lying about in pools, as the 1914-1915 drought had done a bunk,The Murray River Commission began operating.
That's one drop for you and gazillion gallons for me, one drop for you and....

1920- The Queensland Times published today;
The opinion has been expressed in some quarters that aboriginals who fought
with the A.I.F. in the late war should be given the right to vote at State or Federal
elections (says a Toowomba contemporary. It is contended that if the aboriginals
thought so much of their country by enlisting, they at least should be given a
voice in the election of men to run the affairs of that country. The Western District of the R.S.S.I.I.A. debated this point very keenly in its conference in Toowoomba recently and finally a motion was carried that it be a recommendation to the authorities that aboriginals who fought with the A.l.F. be granted the privilege of voting. 
It may be stated that at a previous meeting of the Western District a proposal
in favour of allowing soldier aboriginals full citizen rights was turned down.

1938 - A deputation of about 20 people met with the Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons, his wife Enid as well as the Minister for the Interior, John McEwen, (whose Department held responsibility for Aborigines in the Northern Territory), to present a proposed national policy for Aboriginals which included 10 points.
Among the deputation were John Patten, William Ferguson, Mrs D. Anderson, Helen Grosvenor, Pearl Gibbs and her mother, and Tom Foster.
They called for Commonwealth control of all Aboriginal matters, with a separate Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs; an administration advised by a Board of six, at least three of whom were to be Aboriginals nominated by the Aborigines Progressive Association; and full citizen status for all Aboriginals and civil equality with white Australians, including equality in education, labour laws, workers compensation, pensions, land ownership and wages.

1939 - William Cooper believed a permanent Aboriginies' Day should be established. On this date he wrote to the National Missionary Council of Australia (NMCA), asking for its help in promoting a permanent Aborigines' Day.

1968 - Nauru finally got the monkey off its back ( or Canberrans, if you insist on correct terminology) when it declared its independence on this day.
Which, for some odd reason, makes it Nauru Independence Day.

1972 - The Australian newspaper published an article in which it was reported (supposedly for the first time) that some Aboriginal people in Alice Springs had nowhere to go and were sleeping in dry creek beds.
Only 47 years and not much has changed.

1997 - More than 300 people attended a public meeting called by the Redfern Aboriginal Housing Coalition to discuss opposition to the ongoing relocation of residents and demolition of houses in Eveleigh Street, Redfern.

2003 - The Coogee Madonna began appearing on a sea-side fencepost.
Hundreds of Christians believed they were seeing Mother Mary appear on a Coogee cliff top on sunny afternoons.

2008 - Bruce Trevorrow, the first of the Stolen Generation to receive compensation, was awarded a further $250,000 in interest for the time taken for the case to succeed.

2008 - A Native Title Mining Agreement for Production was signed with Iluka Resources by the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation.

2011 - It was announced that Indigenous Rangers from the only Aboriginal-managed Botanic Gardens in Australia, Booderee National Park, south of Sydney, were helping their Papua New Guinean counterparts take part in the joint training program to manage the Kokoda Track and to learn about promoting the responsible management of the legendary trail.

2012 - The NSW Aboriginal Land Council called on the federal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda to conduct an independent investigation into the actions of police on January 26.
It followed the release of fresh footage of the incident outside the Lobby restaurant in Canberra, which showed Australian Federal Police dealing inappropriately with protestors, including inciting and committing violence.

2017 - It was announced that Yarra Council was working with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop a Stolen Generations Marker in Fitzroy as a tribute to the struggles of the Stolen Generations and their families.

1 comment:

  1. I have no doubt that the Royal Commission studying Atrocities against Aboriginal Prisoners is appalling. And shudder to think of all the other Royal Commission on similar issues have been needed - and which haven't changed nearly enough. Deaths in Custody for one.