Koori History - Aboriginal History of South Eastern Australia

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Traditional Aboriginal Clothing

Traditional Clothing Part of a common suite of assumptions which have characterised how history has been taught in Australian schools since the arrival of Europeans, is the idea that Australia’s First Peoples’ traditionally wore...

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If Everyone Cared: Margaret Tucker

Book Review Margaret Tucker’s If Everyone Cared is a book that is both significant as a matter of national record, and of personal relevance to me, as it deals with my own family’s history...

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Baryulgil

Baryulgil is a small Koori (Goori) community located in Bundjalung Country, about 75 km north west of Grafton, in far northern New South Wales. The community was founded in the late 1890’s as a...

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Modified Trees (Scar Trees)

Modified trees or ‘scar trees’ are trees which have been modified by Aboriginal people for a variety of different uses. Modifications include carved artworks and scars resulting from: The creation of wood or bark...

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Cummeragunja

Cummeragunja Mission Station (also Cumeroogunga) is an Aboriginal reserve situated in Yorta Yorta country on a bend in the Murray River in New South Wales, near the Victorian town of Barmah. The station was...

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Johnny Jarrett (Patten)

John Trevor Patten, known professionally as Johnny Jarrett, is an Australian Aboriginal Elder and community leader, former rugby league player and professional boxer. John Patten was born in 1936 to John Thomas Patten and...

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Remembering Jack Patten (1905 – 1957)

John Thomas Patten (28 March, 1905 – 12 October, 1957) was an Australian Aboriginal leader, professional boxer, journalist and civil rights activist. Early Life John Thomas Patten was born March 28, 1905, at Cummeragunja,...