UNSW STUDENTS INSTRUCTED TO SAY OZ WAS “INVADED” BY CAPTAIN COOK RATHER THAN “DISCOVERED”!
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Don’t suppose anyone can expect anything better from the Uni of NSW but “invaded” is a disgusting and dishonest concept which achieves nothing except to keep a few whining white Aborigines happy. What a load of old roo shit!
It seems Adam Goodes can simulate spearing us at the MCG but what an uproar if we simulated firing muskets at them in defence.
Captain Cook did not discover Australia anyway! The Dutch, and maybe even the Portuguese, beat Cook by 100 years and some even created settlements.
I guess Abel Tasman didn’t discover New Zealand, nor Columbus America, nor Vasco da Gama India? All of the famous discoverers were beaten by unnamed Europeans to sight the new lands but they took scant interest other than in their role of mapping.
The first to discover Australia were the Dutch by misadventure. Along with many others their sailing ship, Gilt Dragon, had been wrecked on the Kimberley coast in 1656 and those who made it to shore were taken in and cared for by the local Aborigines. They assimilated and bred within the tribe and so developed the tale of the Lost White Tribe as described by The Bush Tucker Man Les Hiddens.
An Australian author of comprehensive books on the subject, Henry Van Zanden believes settlements may have thrived until the 1830s and backs his claim with an article published in the 'Leeds Mercury' in 1834. The newspaper printed an account of an explorer's journey in Northern Australia, during which a "Lieutenant Nixon" came upon a "tribe" of white people who had been living as an independent group for nearly two centuries.
After a previous article on the subject here on PP Les Hiddens contacted me to lend his support. He suggested the Lost White Tribe was more than merely theoretical and that hard proof existed.
And who says the Aborigines were the original tenants anyway? Why, the Aborigines do, despite proof they weren’t.
Evidence suggests that Indonesians were the first inhabitants and other evidence points to African and Polynesian tribes... either way it is very unlikely (in fact genealogically impossible) that the modern day Aborigine was the first to have inhabited Australia. Unless they invented their own black Adam and Eve.
Evidence of Aboriginal existence here extends back an optimistic 60,000 years, a bit like yesterday, but conclusive evidence of various dinosaurs that dwelt here is measured in millions of years and where are the dinosaur paintings on rock walls? What! No rock art depicting the dinosaurs?
If Aborigines had decided on other than a nomadic existence, tracing their heritage would have been easier but certainly not back to dinosaurs.
The UNSW would do better to teach its students literacy and the time tables rather than this load of old platypus poop, because the term invasion is divisive and simply untrue.
If it was true then every nation on this planet has been “invaded” rather than “discovered” at some time.