Yagan: Hero Of The Australian Aboriginal Resistance

Yagan: Hero Of The Australian Aboriginal Resistance

 

Yagan

Yagan

 

The story of Yagan (c1795-1833) is about the invasion of Aboriginal lands in Western Australia by the British colonists. Yagan was a hero of the Australian Aboriginal resistance and since then has become an iconic figure and symbol of the fight for Nyungar rights and recognition.

Marji Hill  First People Then And Now

Musquito: Aboriginal Resistance Hero

Musquito: Aboriginal Resistance Hero

 

Musquito (c?1780 - 1825)

Musquito (c?1780 – 1825)

 

 

Musquito (c?1780 – 1825) was one of the early Aboriginal resistance heroes on Australia’s east coast. He emerged in the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay regions of New South Wales.

 

Marji Hill

First People Then And Now

What Exactly Is A Clan In Aboriginal Australia?

What Exactly Is A Clan In Aboriginal Australia?

 

 

kangaroo

Kangaroo Ancestor

 

In traditional Aboriginal Australia a clan is a group of Aboriginal people who are all descended from a common ancestor. A band, on the other hand, is made up of small family groups.

When these families came together they formed a “band”. A band might be made up of 25 to 50 people from one or more families.

This group of families could be made up of several clans. That common ancestor could be Kangaroo, Cockatoo, Echidna or some other animal, plant or thing in the universe. People cannot marry members of the same clan.

A great ancestral spirit gave the clan responsibility for the land and everything in it.

Marji Hill, Author: First People Then And Now.

Outback

OUT OF PLACE: ONE ARTIST’S STORY OF ABORIGINAL LIFE

After spending half a lifetime with the indigenous people of Australia, a former art teacher from Anhui is keen to share his journey with society It’s nothing new that an artist might be inspired by indigenous art from other lands considering Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), which was said to be influenced by African… Read more

First people then and now

Doctors Urge 5-Year Alcohol Ban to Stop Violence in Outback Australian Town

Doctors are urging that alcohol be banned in the troubled Central Australian town of Tennant Creek for five years. The Northern Territory government has imposed two weeks of emergency alcohol restrictions in the town following a sharp increase in alcohol-fueled violence, but medical professionals believe stricter measures are needed. Demands for sweeping changes to alcohol laws… Read more

Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters (Australian Cultural Studies)

Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters (Australian Cultural Studies)

 

Sovereign Subjects

 

Aileen Moreton-Robinson, a Goenpul woman of the Quandamooka people from Stradbroke Island in Southeast Queensland, is an Australian academic and writer about Indigenous rights.

 

Sovereign Subjects is a thought provoking book that puts under the microscope the implications for Indigenous people living in a country founded on their dispossession, and loss of their lands and independence..

 

Marji Hill – Author   First People Then And Now

Sweet Country

Sweet Country

 

Sweet Country

 

Sweet Country is a film set in the Australian frontier in the 1920s. It is the story of an Aboriginal stockman who kills in self-defence a white station owner.

The Aboriginal stockman and his wife go on the run in the remote outback pursued by a posse.

A gripping, cruel and violent tale of racial tension and rough justice on the Australian frontier set amidst a haunting, hot, “brain-frazzling” landscape.

Marji Hill – Author   First People Then And Now

Indigenous Woman Wins Award For Digital Story Telling App

Indigenous Woman Wins Award For Digital Story Telling App

 

App

A national award for entrepreneurs, the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award, has been won by Canberra woman, Mikaela Jade, for her free, digital storytelling app – Indigital Storytelling.

Traditional Indigenous stories have been brought alive in this app that incorporates drones, 4D mapping software, image recognition technology and traditional law.

Marji Hill: Author  First People Then And Now

Close The Gap Day

Close The Gap Day

 

 

National Close The Gap Day

All people in the world have a fundamental right to health equality.

On 15 March 2018 National Close The Gap Day in Australia is an annual event aimed at promoting awareness of the gap in health and life expectancy between Indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

In February 2018 the Australian Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull, presented the 10th Closing the Gap Report. Only 3 of the 7 targets were on track.

Life expectancy and health for people of Aboriginal and TSI Peoples is well below the status of that for other Australians.

The CloseThe Gap campaign is striving for equality by 2030.

Marji Hill – Author   First People Then And Now

Musquito – Aboriginal Resistance Hero

Musquito – Aboriginal Resistance Hero

Musquito (c?1780 - 1825)

Musquito (c?1780 – 1825)

 

Musquito (c?1780 – 1825) was one of the early Aboriginal resistance heroes who emerged in the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay regions of New South Wales.

He was possibly a Kuring-gai man from around Broken Bay in New South Wales although the Australian Dictionary of Biography says he was was an Eora man, born on the north shore of Port Jackson, New South Wales.

Musquito led many of the attacks on settlers and their property along the New South Wales Central coast.

Aboriginal resistance

In 1805 Musquito was transported to Norfolk Island most likely for leading the resistance against the new settlers who were invading his country along the lower Hawkesbury River.

From Norfolk Island in 1813, Musquito was sent to Tasmania, then called Van Diemans Land.

He was put to work as a stockman for one of the British settlers, Edward Lord. The then Lieutenantant-Governor, Colonel William Sorell, sought Musquito’s help to track down the bushranger, Michael Howe.

In return for doing this Musquito was promised his freedom to return to his people in New South Wales. Howe was captured but Sorell broke his promise of freedom.

In about 1819 Musquito returned to the Tasmanian bush and joined the Laremairremener people from Oyster Bay who ran a resistance campaign against the British.

A series of successful raids on outlying farms planned and led by Musquito saw the military on his trail.

In 1820s Musquito allegedly participated in raids which resulted in the death of several colonists.

Capture

Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur offered a reward for his capture and he was captured in 1825.

Musquito’s several years of successful guerrilla warfare came to an end when two bushrangers-cum-bounty hunters led by a renegade called Teague tracked him down and shot him.

The wounded Musquito and his fellow resistance fighter, Black Jack, were taken back to Hobart where they were eventually hanged.

According to Dr Michael Powell “Musquito’s death may have stirred up ill-feeling in Tasmanian Indigenous communities and led to a violent period known as the Black War.”

 

 

SOURCES:

Australian Dictionary Of Biography  http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/musquito-13124

Barlow, Alex and Hill, Marji  The Macmillan Encyclopedia Australia’s Aboriginal Peoples. Volume 5.  South Yarra, Vic, Macmillan, 2000.

Grassby, Al and Hill, Marji Six Australian Battlefields. North Ryde, NSW, Angus & Robertson , 1988.

Powell, Michael in http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-02/musquito-and-tasmanias-black-war/8075714

Wise, C. “Black rebel: “Mosquito” pp. 1-7 in E.Fry (ed), Rebels And Radicals. Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1983.

 

C. Marji Hill: Author  First People Then And Now

c. Marji Hill: Artwork

1 2 3 12