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The Truth That Will Set Us All Free: An Uncertain History of Memorials to Indigenous Australians

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Author(s): Peter Read

Journal: Public History Review
ISSN 1833-4989

Volume: 15;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Aborigines | memorials | Australia | racism | reconciliation

ABSTRACT
Aborigines and other Australians have not met with amity. Memorials to the Aboriginal people of Australia are not common and some of the more prominent are regularly damaged. Eddies of past tempests slap disturbingly at modern day memorials thousands of kilometres and several generations removed from the eye of furious storms. This article traces a difficult story of what seems at first sight to be blind racism, at a second sight, a rampant colonialism, and at a more reflective third, perhaps, the economy of the pastoralist and the farmer in deadly disharmony to that of the hunter gatherer. Whatever the origins, the consequences of conflict endure for centuries.
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