Friday, 8 June 2012

Australia, was it a big misunderstanding from day 1?

I saw an article in the Daily Telegraph on May 29th, it painted a different picture on the invasion day, the first time anything was occupied in Australia, now it's celebrated as Australia day...

Australia was claimed in 1770 for England by Cook

The Gov

When Governor Arthur Phillip was dispatch in charge of a group of convicts and military to occupy the land, the British assumed that the natives would give up their land.

Introducing King George III, an English man you could like?

However King George III instructed Phillip to:
You are to endeavour by every possible means to open an intercourse with the natives, and to conciliate their affections, enjoining all our subjects to live in amity and kindness with them.  
And if any of our subjects shall wantonly destroy them or give them any unnecessary interruption in the exercise of their several occupations it is our will and pleasure that you do cause such offenders to be brought to punishment according to the degrees of the offence. 
You will endeavour to procure an account of numbers inhabiting the neighbourhood of the intended settlement, and report your opinion to one of our Secretaries of State in what manner our intercourse with these people may be turned to the advantage of this colony.

This directive got a bit derailed when the first fleet arrived in 1788 and started chopping down trees and failing to ask permission to be on Aboriginal land.

Who did Officeworks ask?

The chopping is still going on in Australia, when are the white fellas going to ask permission?

Was Governor Phillip even good Christian? Did they ever read a book called the bible?
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?   
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

What would you ask this lady for?

The Aboriginals hit back, the Governor hit back (doesn't sound good, does it?)


One of the Aboriginals kidnapped was called 'Bennelong' and by 1790 they could explain the cultural differences, but by then Governor Phillip was speared and the Colonists were fighting a guerrilla war against the Pemulwuy.

Bennelong point is now where the Sydney opera house is located

Bennelong point, do you know it?

Which would make you think, for the all the people that want a better understanding of the occupy Melbourne, occupy anywhere, even your mind?

What do you do with your mind?

Just ask an Aboriginal and they can tell you all about the dangers of people occupying land, they should at least ask first!!

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