Reynolds, Henry: Frontier conflict and the War Memorial: an enduring controversy

Henry Reynolds

Frontier conflict and the War Memorial: an enduring controversy‘, Meanjin (blog), 20 November 2018

Discusses War Memorial resistance to commemoration of the Frontier Wars, casualty figures, the nature of the conflict, Mabo, and terra nullius.

It [frontier conflict] was Australia’s most important war. For us it was, on any measure, far more consequential than the balance of power in Europe in the early twentieth century or the contemporaneous scramble to carve up the Ottoman Empire … Are they [War Memorial management and Council] unable to see that across a century of time and vast stretches of this continent, Aboriginal people fought heroically for their country, their kin and their customs?

Earlier writings by Reynolds on Indigenous Australian history and related matters can be sourced in our References section.

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