I'm from Melbourne Australia Australia. Love writing about things that matter most to people.
Aboriginals coexisting with the British
Australians incumbent British high command, which had power and control over the land, to eradicate the Aboriginal people, changed a Nation forever.
Problems relating to alcohol, drugs, and mental health have been rife within the Aboriginal communities for decades. "We need to be proud and walk tall. We need the youth of today to break the cycle." Close the Gap.
Historians share many different views on these events, which inflicted so much pain and suffering on the Aboriginals. Disappointingly, Australia’s War Memorial has yet to set aside a place to recognize this event.
I truly believe the Australian War Memorial would be the most fitting place to educate Australian’s on this historical event and honor the tragic past the Aboriginals endured. In my mind, this is a war crime that Australia has never taken ownership of in terms of recognition and reconciliation.
The Aboriginals fought hard against the modern weapons (guns) introduced by the British colonists, which they had deemed a necessity for the settlement of Australia. It has been estimated that 65,000 people died in this conflict. Approximately 2,000 soldiers, police, and many settlers also died during this conflict.
As a mark of respect for everyone that died in this tragic war, the Australian War Memorial should be the site of the frontier war historical remembrance.
Australia’s past needs to be confronted. In doing so, Australian’s will be able to demonstrate honor and respect to the generations before us that have paid the ultimate price. The present needs to be cleared of any uncertainties surrounding those dark untold days. Past wrongs need to be admitted to and apologized for so that our history is passed on correctly to future generations.
How long does it take for a whole generation to not capture the loss of Respect of a people!
Lest we not forget, people paying respect for the souls of the Frontier war on Anzac day.
They were treated cruelty by the Colonists.
News report from the Australian free to air network.
Australian Frontier Wars: Keith Windschuttle and Henry Reynolds at the National Press Club
We we to highlight this situation for the sake of forgiving past sins.
Yes, nothing has really been done yet at the Australian War Memorial. These videos, which I have shown here are many examples of feelings that many people here in Australia have about this topic.
The progress on reconciliation has been very slow at the least. I think it’s a deep underlying issue that many Australian people want to bury under the sand. Even though the conflict did happen over 80 years ago and lasted 100 years prior to that, I feel that we will never give this the exposure that it deserves.
All we can do is push an area at the Australian War Memorial to highlight the events of the Foundation war, like all the other Wars Australia has been involved and fought in.
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What's your point of view ?
Wendy.H on April 03, 2017:
Not bad Mick.. well written mate.
Robert Sacchi on January 12, 2017:
You bring up an interesting topic. I didn't even know such a conflict happened.
Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on October 25, 2015:
Yeah it's over, water under the bridge I guess, but they should have a place to go and remember those who struggled. Great hub!
Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on October 25, 2015:
I live in New Zealand and the attitude here is so much different! Here the crown has owned up to many of the mistakes it made and sought to put them right, It's not perfect by a long stretch but here Maori and Pakeha stand tall as one people, both perform and celebrate New Zealand in both Maori and Pakeha ways!
The first verse of our national anthem is in Te reo Maori and in both languages it's a prayer!
Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 09, 2015:
I believe that the true facts of history should always be brought forward and remembered. Children need to understand what their country and forefathers went through to help to create and sustain their country.
Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on March 07, 2015:
So sad :( My native country has the same problem. Some people are solidly trying to change and even erase important parts of the history. :(
H C Palting from East Coast on December 12, 2014:
Unfortunately, it is common for some people to attempt to ignore or even attempt to erase certain portions and events in history. It takes a great deal of time and effort to change some people's minds and hearts or get them to even look at facts. Some people refuse to change but with time, it is possible that acknowledgment via a memorial can occur.