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First Royal Commission into atrocities against Aboriginal prisoners - WA 1905

Frontier history North West Australia 2005

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Notice the tin mugs placed in strategic places on the tin wall behind the prisoners - if one wanted a drink or go to the toilet the whole gang would have to go with them. In some cases, people were chained next to a member of a tribal group that is culturally inappropriate to even to speak to, never-loan the different customs and language barriers. It's no wonder they had difficulty fitting into their own family group when they were 'lucky' enough to return to their home. Read more about First Royal Commission into atrocities against Aboriginal prisoners - WA 1905

1926 plan for an Aboriginal state and to teach Aboriginals how to live on 'country'

1926 plan for an Aboriginal state and to teach Aboriginals how to live on 'country'

In 1926 a group of colonists with self acclaimed 'high moral standards' and with a small touch of guilt, came up with the idea to create an Aboriginal state. The idea was to give Arnhem Land to Aboriginal people and teach them how to be self-sufficient ... "It is a bold scheme, but the committee behind it includes men who know the aborigine, and who have sufficient faith in it to call for signatures to a petition to be presented to the Commonwealth Parliament asking for its inauguration" Read more about 1926 plan for an Aboriginal state and to teach Aboriginals how to live on 'country'

Evidence of 9,000-year-old stone houses found on Pilbara island

Evidence of 9,000-year-old stone houses found on Pilbara island

Archeologists working on the Dampier archipelago off Australia’s north-west coast have found evidence of stone houses dating back 9,000 years – to the end of the last ice age – building the case for the area to get a world heritage listing.

A team from UWA are exploring the Dampier Archipelago (Murujuga). What they have uncovered so far is astounding, and pushes back the known occupation of this place to before the Last Ice Age. Read more about Evidence of 9,000-year-old stone houses found on Pilbara island

Kimberley Traditional Owners unite for the Fitzroy River Declaration

Revealing the science of First Nations fermentation processes

It is well documented that First Nations people knew how to make alcoholic drinks from sweet juices and nectars well before the European invasion, but little is now known about the processes involved, the yeasts and bacteria at work, or the chemistry, taste and smell of the plants and finished products, but now the University of Adelaide is investigating these traditional practices.
 

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