Re­source on mas­sacres

Euroa Gazette - - GAZETTE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Daphne Con­nors,Keilor

IN the Oc­to­ber 25 edi­tion of the Gazette, Ce­celia Moore sought ev­i­dence of the “count­less mas­sacres” suf­fered by our In­dige­nous peo­ples since white oc­cu­pa­tion.

This has been the sub­ject of much re­search and there are many, many pa­pers and ar­ti­cles doc­u­ment­ing the var­i­ous mas­sacres.

Univer­sity of New­cas­tle his­to­rian Pro­fes­sor Lyn­dall Ryan, has, for the past four years been de­vel­op­ing an on­line dig­i­tal map doc­u­ment­ing abo­rig­i­nal mas­sacres sites.

Pro­fes­sor Ryan es­ti­mates that by the time the project is com­pleted in sev­eral years, it will find that nearly 15,000 peo­ple were killed in mas­sacres (de­fined as where six peo­ple or more died).

This doesn’t in­clude smaller at­tacks, which have been es­ti­mated by some aca­demics to bring the death toll to more than 30,000 from 1788 un­til the 1940s.

This an ex­cel­lent re­source and can be viewed at https://c21ch.new­cas­tle.edu.au.

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