Mid North Coast’s deadly day out

The Dunghutti Dancers strike a pose.

NSW: A momentous Australia Day event in Regional NSW saw a community come together to celebrate the world’s oldest living culture.

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Australia’s worst serial killer: The crimes of Billy Fraser

An article commemorating the legend of mass murderer William Fraser published in the Courier Mail in 1950.

NATIONAL: The Australian frontier produced bugger all in the way of memorable characters. Enter William ‘Billy’ Fraser… CHRIS MUNRO recounts the forgotten story of a Queenslander who can rightly claim the ghoulish mantle of the world’s third worst mass murderer in history.

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Old Masters

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NATIONAL: Rare bark paintings will feature in a December exhibition of Arnhem Land artworks at the National Museum of Australia, in Canberra.

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Eureka: the hidden story

The infamous Eureka Stockade.

NATIONAL: Some historians have labelled it the birth of democracy in Australia and some, civil disobedience. But most Australians wouldn’t know the hidden Aboriginal story behind Victoria’s infamous Eureka Stockade, writes CHRIS MUNRO*.

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ON THE RECORD: The scourge of suicide


NATIONAL: One in five Australians suffer from mental illness, writes SHYAMLA ESWARAN.

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Mother tongue: lost in translation

Speaking in one’s native tongue forms a crucial component in unlocking and passing down knowledge from generation to generation.

NATIONAL:In March this year Arts Minister Simon Crean announced the federal government’s new cultural policy: “Creative Australia”.

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Victoria’s silent shame

Kurnai elders at Lake Tyres Gippsland, Victoria.

HISTORY: Writing about Aboriginal history can be a taxing exercise. Any writer, especially an Aboriginal one – who’s spent some time in this space will tell you as much.

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WA rock art should be protected: Greens

Rock art of the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.

NATIONAL: The Australian Greens want Aboriginal rock art in Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula to be protected and are pushing for the area to be given world heritage status.

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Huge Kimberley artwork unveiling in Paris


ARTS: A piece of Western Australia’s remote East Kimberley region will be able to be seen from the top of the Eiffel Tower when an enormous artwork by an Aboriginal artist is unveiled on a Paris museum’s rooftop. .

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Aborigines repelled first white men in Qld

The sighting, in 1606, is thought to be the first time indigenous Australians laid eyes on a European ship.

HISTORY: Aboriginal tribespeople peered out from behind palm trees, frightened but struck with wonder by the enormous floating creature on the horizon.

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Queensland’s Fantome history

QLD: In 1945 seven year-old Joe Eggmolesse was diagnosed with Leprosy. He was taken from his family under police escort, transported by rail and sea over a thousand kilometres to Fantome Island where he was to be incarcerated for the next ten years.

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