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October 12, 2013

A Forgotten War

Paul W Newbury turns the spotlight on the "forgotten'' wars between the British and indigenous Australians, fought from 1788 to 1928,

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September 21, 2013

Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda v the King 1934

"On 6 August 1933, Judge Wells of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory sentenced Yolngu man Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda (known as Tuckiar) to death for the murder of Constable Alan McColl at Woodah Island in north-eastern Arnhem Land...''

Paul W Newbury tells the story of a great injustice.

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August 31, 2013

Wattle Day - The First of September

"I am one of many Australians who find it impossible to celebrate national unity on Australia Day, the 26th of January - a day that divides the nation between the Indigenous survivors of invasion and those who inherited the spoils of their dispossession,'' declares Paul W Newbury.

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August 24, 2013

Fringe Of Leaves: The Story Of Barbara Thompson

...In 1844, Barbara Thompson was on a voyage with her husband in the cutter America when the vessel struck a reef near Muralag Island in a gale. She was the sole survivor and after the gale subsided, a party of Kaurareg Islanders on a turtling expedition found her clinging to the wreck...

Paul W Newbury tells a remarkable tale of survival.

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August 15, 2013

Fond Memories Of New Orleans

Rodney Gascoyne recalls a visit to a great city with a cultured past.

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August 10, 2013

Australian Aboriginal Land Management Practices Go Global

"It is now well understood that Aboriginal people actively promote land productivity and biodiversity,'' writes Paul Newbury.

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July 20, 2013

Yagan - Noongar Resistance Hero

"This story commemorates the Noongar resistance hero Yagan who was killed in July 1833, 180 years ago this month,'' writes
Paul W Newbury.

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Yagan - Noongar Resistance Hero

"This story commemorates the Noongar resistance hero Yagan who was killed in July 1833, 180 years ago this month,'' writes
Paul W Newbury.

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July 06, 2013

Mary Watson Of Lizard Island

...Mary took a supply of provisions and water. They floated all night and on the next day, they landed on a bare reef where they remained for three days...

Paul W Newbury tells the tragic story of Mary Watson who had to flee from Lizard Island.

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June 29, 2013

Robert Christison Of Lammermoor

In the midst of the brutal dispossession of Aborigines and the callous indifference to their fate on the pastoral frontier in the second half of the nineteenth century in North Queensland, there were humanitarians who stood out against the norm. One of these was Robert Christison (1837–1915) who set up Lammermoor Station south east of Hughenden in the district of Bowen in 1863,'' writes Paul W Newbury.

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June 09, 2013

Mabo Comes Of Age As The Noongar Decision Nears The Peoples Vote

Paul W. Newbury reports that an imminent decision could lead to the out of court settlement of native rights to land across Asutralia.

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May 11, 2013

My Encounter With Family History

"The outcome of my newly found New England ancestry is that I acknowledge the role my forebears played in the murder and dispossession of the Kamilaroi people in the nineteenth century. Many Australians hesitate to associate settler Australians with genocide but the evidence is substantial.'' declares Paul W Newbury.

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April 27, 2013

Commemorating The Frontier Wars On Anzac Day

"As Anzac Day draws near, we prepare to celebrate the 102,000 Australian men and women who lost their lives in defence of this country, Australia. However, our commemorations neglect the story of the many Indigenous Australians who also died in defence of this land in the Frontier Wars that lasted from 1790 to 1928.'' writes Paul W Newbury.

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April 20, 2013

The Wik Nation of Cape York - First Peoples Of Terra Australis

Paul W Newbury tells the little known story of the Wik nation who repulsed Dutch invaders led by Willem Janszoon at Cape Keerweer on the western side of Cape York Peninsula in March 1606 while the Dutch were exploring the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Duyfken.

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March 23, 2013

Warri and Yatungka - The Last Frontier

"This is a story of traditional Aboriginal life that is part of our heritage as Australian. It is also about how non-Indigenous Australians can restore the sovereignty to Indigenous peoples that our British forebears violently wrested from them.'' writes Paul W Newbury, going on to tell an amazing and deeply moving love story.

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March 09, 2013

Bennelong, Barangaroo And Pemulwuy

"In these early editions of Opinion and Worldview, I will discuss issues related to our Indigenous heritage. They will be wide-ranging but each will play a part in painting a broad canvas of the Indigenous heritage basis for pride in belonging as Australian,'' writes Paul W Newbury.

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March 02, 2013

The Making Of The Australian Continent

"The Australian Aborigines had a material and spiritual life of abundance. This was not mere chance—they made their lives through providential management of country and they aligned their lives in balance between a spiritual orientation to the land and a low-impact hunting and gathering economy,'' declares Paul W Newbury.

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February 23, 2013

An Epoch-Making Event

Australia has moved closer to constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.'' writes columnist Paul W Newbury.

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