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Thursday, March 29

  1. page 4.1 Poetry edited ... Click to view poem By Richard Kennedy, a poem reminiscing on the time before the white man ca…
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    By Richard Kennedy, a poem reminiscing on the time before the white man came when Aboriginal Austalians lived an, "Idylic lifestyle". The poem is a cry to the government and white society pleading to be heard, theres no denying Aboriginals are treated differently in australia, worse. Many citizens would argue that when they see big mobs of Aboriginals roaming the streets, casuing trouble and commiting crimes, its not hard to dislike Aboriginals. But its true that we have brought this upon ourselves. How do expet these people to act civil and become nirmal citizens when you shout abouse at them in the streets, label them "animals' and make no effort to improve their standard of living, get the kids into school, get them back intouch with traditional customs and beleifs and get the drugs out of th community and provide better homes and healthcarwe untill the populations are well enough to support themselves. Utill this issue is addressed, Australia will never be one nation.
    Die Sascha.
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  2. page 2.2 Early Settlement Timeline edited ... June 1836- The colony of South Australia is founded. 1837- A massacre of Aboriginal people oc…
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    June 1836- The colony of South Australia is founded.
    1837- A massacre of Aboriginal people occurs at Gravesend, New South Wales with more than 200 killed.
    {http://www.amren.com/ar/2005/02/ABOSsml.jpg} Tired Australian Aboriginals
    January 1838- Major Nunn's campaign. Mounted police, and mostly European volunteers, set out in response to conflict on the Liverpool Plains, north central NSW. 60 - 70 Aboriginal people are reported killed.
    10th June 1838-The 'Myall Creek Massacre' occurs. 12 armed colonists rounded up and killed 28 Aboriginal people from a group of 40 or 50 people.
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  3. page 2.1 History of Early White Settlement edited ... {aboriginals16.jpg} Aboriginal rock painting showing the Europeans taking over the Australian …
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    {aboriginals16.jpg} Aboriginal rock painting showing the Europeans taking over the Australian land
    A hundred years later Aboriginals no longer held much of Australia, and many Aboriginal groups were struggling for survival. Almost everywhere white settlement had proved overpowering to the Aboriginals.
    {http://www.cityofsound.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/10/09/aboriginal_village.jpg} Aboriginal village {http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KZfYtJZL-Vk/TWavlCEq5eI/AAAAAAAAAXk/4Us2x53MQac/s400/AustralianAboriginalHutWithoutTurfCovering.jpg} Aboriginal hut
    There had been no peaceful adjustment between whites and Aboriginals, and the hatred between them had many times been marked in blood. Even where white settlement was limited, traditional Aboriginal society was often strongly influenced by the presence of the new arrivals.
    {http://nfsa.gov.au/site_media/uploads/images/2011/07/14/SimpsonGiles_NLA.jpg.350.0x253.369565217_q100.jpg} Aboriginal men comunicating with the whites {http://blog.lib.umn.edu/yuanx072/architecture/aboriginals18.jpg} Aboriginal dome hut
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  4. page 4.2 Poetry Analysis edited ... This poem is a tribute to Australia written by a young woman longing for her homeland. Created…
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    This poem is a tribute to Australia written by a young woman longing for her homeland. Created in an act of homesickness, the poem describes the unique and beautiful country and its landscapes. From oceans to desert, the author speaks of her love of this country above any other, saying she cares not for the rolling fields of England. But rather loves a “sunburnt country”. Without touching on racial issues, rights or custodianship of the land, the poem is simply written by a woman who loves her country, not because of the race of people she belongs to, or the impact that that race has had here, she just loves it, ”The wide brown land for me!”This poem has been excellently written, particularly for the time period it was written in. Since racism towards aboriginals was so widespread and severe, to write a poem displaying such love towards the land without claiming any ownership towards it was either a lucky accident, or colonial poetry at its best.
    We believe when looking at Aboriginal poetry of and remarking on this era of Australia’s history, we could not create a wiki without including this poem. Not only is the poem’s response a helpful insight into the opinion many native Australia’s have on the white man’s invasion of this land. But we also chose this poem as it is such a beautiful depictions of Australia’s landscape. Regardless of your race, beliefs, age or cultural background you can enjoy this poem all the same. It is also related to the topic as because it was written by a white person, many Aboriginal people were furious that a woman who had “come with the ships” is calling this place home. And the response to this poem, “the new true anthem” by Kevin gilbert was written many years later, in modern times. His poem tells of the damage the white people have dome to that land, they’re cities and farms soaking up all the natural resources and destroying countless acres of sacred bushland, the poem tells of how we “could stand tall and free” but are a nation, of hat, tyranny and dictatorship, Who will never stand tall and free, until the white man has left forever.
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    poem by PhilPhill Moncrieff.
    The poem 'My Mother and The Land' by Phill Moncrieff is a true heart-felt poem. Moncrieff shows the dedication and love the aboriginals had for their country, Australia, the beautiful peaceful land, which they admired as their Mother. The land in which they lived in and off was their mother and they were her children. The Aboriginals turned to their Mother for guidance and love, “So we turned to the land, our Mother the land, for comfort, our refuge at last”, showing the mother figure. The white-men came onto their Motherland and took over with pride no regrets or guilt came through their minds. They didn’t care who the hurt or what they did, “the white system of life, it cuts like a knife” showing the lack of care the white people had for the aboriginals. The white settlement changed the way of living for the aboriginals, “the sadness you feel as you weep on your own, while your children remain scattered and torn”, mentioning how the white people took away aboriginal children and the heartbreak and trauma this caused, and how their lives really changed when the white people settled. They believe that was the end of aboriginal life, even the next generation was already changing, “but the feeling was gone, brown children now born, not black like you gave in the past”, showing how they were changing from black to brown from the white settling men. The white people were controlling and the motherland was weakening to the way they lived their lives.

    Our group choose this poem because it talks about how the mother of the land is like the aborigines mother and they are her children. The relationship of that of a mothers and a child is strong and compassionate symbolising that what the aborigines feel towards their land (Australia) is as strong as a mothers and child’s. When the poet says that “But now your soul, like a rock waterhole Is drenched, not from water, but tears” it is said from the aborigine’s point of view. Its like when you see your own mother crying it breaks our heart so when they saw/felt that she/the land was crying because of the invasion of the white people who are described as a disease, “That their skin is but a disease” they wanted to do something which resulted in violent conflicts and multiple deaths. We choose it because the poem shows the relationship between the aborigines and Australia and how they felt and how they felt the country felt when the white people (whom they have never seen before) invaded their homeland. Our topic relates to this poem because of the relationship shown from the aborigines to their country and how the white settlement had scattered and torn the mothers/lands children/aborigines, “While your children remain scattered and torn”. It shows that as soon as they arrived the land started to change, “But your landscape is rapidly changing” and the mother was soon disappearing by being overpowered by the white settlers. “But the Mother has been raped by the white mans' greed, Her spirit has turned into sand” meaning there is no more hope as they have over taken and there’s nothing they can do because of the death of their mother/death of the true country, Australia.
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Tuesday, March 27

  1. page 4.2 Poetry Analysis edited "My Country" is a poem by Dorothea Mackellar. This poem is a tribute to Australia writte…
    "My Country" is a poem by Dorothea Mackellar.
    This poem is a tribute to Australia written by a young woman longing for her homeland. Created in an act of homesickness, the poem describes the unique and beautiful country and its landscapes. From oceans to desert, the author speaks of her love of this country above any other, saying she cares not for the rolling fields of England. But rather loves a “sunburnt country”. Without touching on racial issues, rights or custodianship of the land, the poem is simply written by a woman who loves her country, not because of the race of people she belongs to, or the impact that that race has had here, she just loves it, ”The wide brown land for me!”This poem has been excellently written, particularly for the time period it was written in. Since racism towards aboriginals was so widespread and severe, to write a poem displaying such love towards the land without claiming any ownership towards it was either a lucky accident, or colonial poetry at its best.
    We believe when looking at Aboriginal poetry of and remarking on this era of Australia’s history, we could not create a wiki without including this poem. Not only is the poem’s response a helpful insight into the opinion many native Australia’s have on the white man’s invasion of this land. But we also chose this poem as it is such a beautiful depictions of Australia’s landscape. Regardless of your race, beliefs, age or cultural background you can enjoy this poem all the same. It is also related to the topic as because it was written by a white person, many Aboriginal people were furious that a woman who had “come with the ships” is calling this place home. And the response to this poem, “the new true anthem” by Kevin gilbert was written many years later, in modern times. His poem tells of the damage the white people have dome to that land, they’re cities and farms soaking up all the natural resources and destroying countless acres of sacred bushland, the poem tells of how we “could stand tall and free” but are a nation, of hat, tyranny and dictatorship, Who will never stand tall and free, until the white man has left forever.
    "My Mother The Land" is a poem by Phil Moncrieff.
    Our group choose this poem because it talks about how the mother of the land is like the aborigines mother and they are her children. The relationship of that of a mothers and a child is strong and compassionate symbolising that what the aborigines feel towards their land (Australia) is as strong as a mothers and child’s. When the poet says that “But now your soul, like a rock waterhole Is drenched, not from water, but tears” it is said from the aborigine’s point of view. Its like when you see your own mother crying it breaks our heart so when they saw/felt that she/the land was crying because of the invasion of the white people who are described as a disease, “That their skin is but a disease” they wanted to do something which resulted in violent conflicts and multiple deaths. We choose it because the poem shows the relationship between the aborigines and Australia and how they felt and how they felt the country felt when the white people (whom they have never seen before) invaded their homeland. Our topic relates to this poem because of the relationship shown from the aborigines to their country and how the white settlement had scattered and torn the mothers/lands children/aborigines, “While your children remain scattered and torn”. It shows that as soon as they arrived the land started to change, “But your landscape is rapidly changing” and the mother was soon disappearing by being overpowered by the white settlers. “But the Mother has been raped by the white mans' greed, Her spirit has turned into sand” meaning there is no more hope as they have over taken and there’s nothing they can do because of the death of their mother/death of the true country, Australia.
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