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Race to protect Australia's rock art from mining, graffiti and feral animals

Split Rock Gallery on Cape York

Half the country's rock paintings – some dating back 30,000 years – could disappear within 50 years, experts warn. Oliver Milman meets the Indigenous rangers and researchers working to protect delicate sandstone from the triple threat of mining, graffiti and feral animals.

It's a race to protect Australia's most ancient treasures. For the traditional owners of land near the remote town of Laura, a four-hour drive north-west of Cairns, Far North Queensland, the job is essential – and urgent. [node:read-more:link]

'A Coloured History' with Bruce Pascoe and Henry Reynolds

Big Ideas Video

Do yourself a favour and watch this unreal video of historians Henry Reynolds and Bruce Pascoe speaking at the Sydney Writers Festival.

They speak on wars, memorials, the lack of commemorations, agriculture and the mainstream denial of the rich history of one of the world's great continents ... and the world's first bakers, with more than 12,000 years experience baking bread before any other country in the world. - ABC News 24 - 'Big Ideas'. [node:read-more:link]

40,000 year old fish trap in outback NSW

A complex network of river stones arranged to form ponds and channels that catch fish as they travel downstream, the traps are said to date back at least 40,000 years. Fittingly, they are not found in such purported cradles of civilization as the Fertile Crescent or the Indus Valley, but on the world's oldest continent: Australia.

The Ngunnhu fish traps of Brewarrina are on the border of two Sovereign Union members, the declared sovereign states of the Murrawarri Republic and the Euahlayi Peoples Republic. [node:read-more:link]

Frontier History Revisited - Colonial Queensland

Frontier History Revisited - Colonial Queensland and the 'History War' by Robert Ørsted-Jensen, 278 pp, Lux Mundi Publishing, Brisbane, 2011, ISBN 9781466386822, c$27.00. [node:read-more:link]

The Frontier Wars

Michael Anderson: "In 2011 we started 'Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars' by joining on behind the Anzac Day march in Canberra and we received enormous support from the public at this time. [node:read-more:link]

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