Sunday, February 3, 2019

February 3 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1806 - The whaling ship, George, was wrecked at Twofold Bay; the following month sealers from the ship opened fire on Aboriginal people ‘by which nine of their assailants were lain prostrate’. Their bodies, hung in trees, were taken away during the night.
1830 - On this day in history George Augustus Robinson set out on a promenade with a couple of Indigenous fellows to act as cultural ambassadors for him to con the Tassie First Peoples that being shifted and "civilised" by a mob of weird white fellas was the thing to do....

1832 - Carrying provisions to settlers, John Chipper and Reuben Beecham, a boy, were driving a cart over Greenmount (WA) when they were attacked by blacks. The boy was killed almost instantly, but Chipper, though wounded in one arm and having a spear sticking in his side, escaped by jumping over the rock that now bears his name, on top of a steep hill and running seven miles to safety....

1900 - On this day JFG Foxton, WE Parry-Okeden and WE Roth were appointed trustees of a number of Aboriginal reserves in QLD including the Kelsey reserve at Bowen.

1988 - The cat was set amongst the pigeons when a prominent historian pointed out that the famous "Man From Snowy River" was probably in fact an Aboriginal chap named Toby, as it was highly likely Paterson based his now-famous poem on an article by C. W. Neville-Rolfe.

1989 - The findings of the Muirhead Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody were released.

2008 - Australian PM Kevin Rudd announced a summit of 1,000 ordinary citizens to address long-term challenges facing the nation, saying the best ideas could influence government policy. He also scolded the country's opposition for haggling over the exact content of a planned apology to Australia's Aborigines, saying its meaning will be quite clear.

2014 - The Australian Human Rights Commission announced that it would conduct an inquiry into children in immigration detention, to investigate the ways in which life in closed immigration detention facilities affects the health, wellbeing and development of children. The inquiry coincided with the ten-year anniversary of the Commission’s landmark report, A Last Resort? At the time of the announcement, more than 1,000 children were detained in closed facilities.

2016 - The High Court of Australia dismissed a challenge to the legality of the offshore processing regime. The government’s legal victory rested on a retrospective amendment to the Migration Act.

1 comment:

  1. Sigh. I obviously belong to Howard's 'black arm band brigade'. Quite a lot of our history (including recent history) is shameful and requires reparation.

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