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Closing the Gap: Acknowledging the Frontier War
Aboriginals coexisting with the British
Many Australians do not even realise the effects brought about by the order of the incumbent British high command, which had power and control over the land, to eradicate the Aboriginal people.
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."
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 recognise this event.
I truly believe the Australian War Memorial would be the most fitting place to educate Australian’s on this historical event and honour the tragic past the Aboriginals endured. In my mind, this is a war crime that Australia has never taken ownership for 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 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 honour 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.
Should the War Memorial recognize the Frontier War
Lest we 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
These videos matter,yet nothing has really been done to showcase the issue!
These videos matter, yet nothing really been done to showcase this Major issue of Australian History!
Yes, nothing has really been done yet at the Australian War Memorial. These videos, which I have shown here is an example of the 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 that, I feel that we will never give it 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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