Doco re­veals dis­cov­er­ies be­fore 1770

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I TRUN­DLED along to a film pre­miere last week­end to find out about some his­tory that I wasn’t ever taught in school.

For years I’ve known that Cap­tain Cook was about the last per­son to dis­cover Aus­tralia and yet the sin­gle defin­ing theme in the Aus­tralian ethos is that James Cook dis­cov­ered this land.

Even though this fact is well un­der­stood and un­equiv­o­cally doc­u­mented, for many peo­ple it seems un­pa­tri­otic to high­light these ear­lier vis­i­tors, as though the very con­ver­sa­tion about the sub­ject is un-aus­tralian, what­ever the hell that’s meant to mean.

Any­way, “1770” was a short doc­u­men­tary about some teenage Mus­lim blokes in Syd­ney who were get­ting picked on by their blond-haired, blue-eyed “Aussie” coun­ter­parts who were telling them to go back where they came from, when in fact these dark­haired, dark-eyed Mus­lim kids were born in Aus­tralia.

“You came in chains, we came on planes,” was the school­room chant.

This teenage war­fare led to some con­ver­sa­tions and in­ves­ti­ga­tions about Mus­lim sea­far­ers from the Ma­cas­sar re­gion in In­done­sia and the ir­refutable proof that they’ve been trad­ing with Indige­nous tribes in north­ern Aus­tralia since at least the 1600s.

As the doco pointed out, they came to trade and build re­la­tion­ships, not to con­quer and claim this vast con­ti­nent as their own.

Many peo­ple will find this con­fronting; I found it en­light­en­ing and saw how it could cre­ate un­der­stand­ing rather than con­flict.

It’s a film I be­lieve ev­ery Aus­tralian should see. THE thought of al­ter­ing the old to ac­cept the new in a bid for sur­vival is the theme of new Aussie film “The Merger”.

The Dubbo Amnesty Group is bring­ing this flick to town, it’s a tale of a strug­gling small town footy team that has to make a de­ci­sion to re­cruit refugees in a bid to sur­vive.

Co-con­venor of the Dubbo Amnesty group Sandy Lin­de­man said that there is a great his­tory of the pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion that refugees have made to Aus­tralia.

She high­lights artist, au­thor and co­me­dian Anh Do, West­field group co-founder Frank Lowy, world renowned pi­o­neer­ing or­thopaedic sur­geon Dr Mun­jed Al Mud­eris, two-time Archibald prize win­ner Judy Cassab, and ra­dio host and sci­en­tist Dr Karl Kruszel­nicki amongst the thou­sands who have made enor­mous con­tri­bu­tions to the Aus­tralian way of life.

The M Rated com­edy (coarse lan­guage) will screen at St Brigid’s Hall to­mor­row (Fri­day, Au­gust 2).

It’s 5.30 for a 6pm start, the $5 cost in­cludes light re­fresh­ments.

Con­tact Sandy on 0419 167 574 for more in­for­ma­tion or email [email protected] GET down to Vic Park this Sun­day morn­ing, Au­gust 4, to check out the clas­sic cars.

There’s go­ing to be a change to this event, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­iser Owen De Carle.

“We will be mak­ing a few changes over the com­ing months in an at­tempt to get Cars and Cof­fee back to what it was orig­i­nally in­tended and at the same time make it a bit more man­age­able for Karen and I,” Mr De Carle said, re­fer­ring to his co-or­gan­iser.

“There will be a name change to Dubbo Clas­sic Cars and Cof­fee – it will be held ev­ery sec­ond month and will have a much more de­fined cri­te­ria as to what is el­i­gi­ble for en­try.”

The changes come about in part due to a re­fusal of some peo­ple to ac­cept that their more mod­ern cookie-cut­ter cars weren’t what peo­ple wanted to see when they at­tended this great event, so well done there for dis­rupt­ing my most en­joy­able morn­ing of the month.

As many peo­ple posted on so­cial me­dia, if you want to check out run-of-the-mill cars just go down to a shop­ping cen­tre car park and stop an­noy­ing peo­ple who are en­thu­si­asts of out-of-the-or­di­nary clas­sic ma­chines.

De­tails are still be­ing worked out, and a solid def­i­ni­tion of how “clas­sic” is de­fined for this event will be made pub­lic.

Mean­time, on the first Sun­day of the months al­ter­nat­ing with Clas­sic Cars and Cof­fee there’ll be a sep­a­rate event hosted by the SS Com­modore Own­ers Club which won’t just be for SS Com­modores – de­tails on how, when, where and why are still be­ing fi­nalised but it won’t be staged at Vic Park and it won’t be as­so­ci­ated with Clas­sic Cars and Cof­fee.

“Karen and I are very ap­pre­cia­tive of all the sup­port we re­ceive and love the fact that so many peo­ple look for­ward to Cars and Cof­fee ev­ery month,” Mr De Carle said.

“We will trial this bi-monthly for­mat for a few months and re­assess in the new year, based on the feed­back we re­ceive.

“Un­for­tu­nately, there will no doubt be some peo­ple un­happy about these changes but hope­fully this for­mat will have some­thing for al­most ev­ery­one,” he said.

I’m un­happy that a few self­ish in­di­vid­u­als have caused this to­tally un­nec­es­sary drama and, yes, if you want to call me to speak about it, my phone num­ber is listed at the end of this col­umn – and you may want to wear earplugs when you make that call.

CARS and Cof­fee has cer­tainly at­tracted a fol­low­ing way be­yond what was orig­i­nally thought pos­si­ble.

A di­ver­sional ther­a­pist at Holy Spirit Aged Care Fa­cil­ity in Dubbo (lo­cated be­hind the old Lour­des Hos­pi­tal) has con­tacted Owen to say they have quite a few el­derly gen­tle­men at the fa­cil­ity who would love to at­tend Cars and Cof­fee but are un­able to be­cause of var­i­ous health and mo­bil­ity is­sues.

The an­swer – take some clas­sic cars up for a per­sonal visit.

If any­one with an older car or bike can spare some time on Satur­day, Au­gust 10, at any time from 9am ‘til 12 noon, the staff will be putting on a morn­ing tea and it’s sure to make the day of a few of the older res­i­dents.

Any­one who’s keen can con­tact Owen via the Dubbo Clas­sic Cars and Cof­fee Facebook page. WE booked Austen Tayshus back in the 1980s at a pub and nite­club I ran with my broth­ers over on the coast and he is a dif­fer­ent sort of char­ac­ter.

Most of his show was based around some con­fronta­tions with au­di­ence mem­bers who were silly enough to yell out at him, and while not po­lit­i­cally cor­rect by cur­rent stan­dards it was a very funny evening.

Now the bloke who still holds the man­tle as hold­ing the high­est sell­ing sin­gle in Aus­tralian his­tory with “Aus­traliana” will be ap­pear­ing at Dubbo RSL Club’s Theatrette on Au­gust 17.

For a bloke who’s per­formed at more than 10,000 shows across the globe, the $30 en­try price is pretty cheap, and from my ex­pe­ri­ence all those years ago, it’ll be worth ev­ery cent. BERNIE SHAKESHAFT should be the 2019 Aus­tralian of the Year for the work he’s done on the smell of an oily rag to keep young blokes out of trou­ble from his farm base near Ar­mi­dale.

It was im­pos­si­ble to stay dryeyed dur­ing the screen­ing of the doco “Back on Track” and now he’s just re­leased a book with the same ti­tle.

The book shows how one man and his dogs are chang­ing the lives of ru­ral kids.

The Back­track Boys have been help­ing the crew at Apollo House here in Dubbo to work with trou­bled youth and fam­i­lies in Dubbo and it’s mak­ing an in­cred­i­ble dif­fer­ence.

It seems in­cred­i­ble to me that we have all lev­els of gov­ern­ment pour­ing in­cred­i­ble amounts of money into so­cial pro­grams that just don’t work, so we then de­sign new pro­grams that are of­ten worse.

And yet or­gan­i­sa­tions mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence on the ground without all that un­nec­es­sary process-driven red tape are left pretty much swing­ing in the wind.

We need all our pol­lies and bu­reau­crats to spend a month with dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions like Back­track to have their own Barn­aby Joyce-style epiphany of just how dif­fi­cult it is to sur­vive on $211,000 each year.

If many of these groups re­ceived $10,000 a year it’d make the world of dif­fer­ence. HARD on the heels of the Bush Sum­mit in Dubbo, Parkes MP Mark Coul­ton says he’s thrilled that the Fu­ture Drought Fund leg­is­la­tion passed through the Se­nate, a move he says cre­ates a new cen­tre­piece for Aus­tralian drought and a guar­an­teed in­vest­ment of $100 mil­lion a year towards drought pre­pared­ness.

“In­vest­ments from the Fund will hap­pen each year, start­ing next July – this could in­clude fund­ing for cli­mate adap­ta­tion, ex­ten­sion work, or re­gion-wide projects such as pest and weed con­trol. All of these projects will of­fer value and growth po­ten­tial for agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries in my elec­torate,” Mr Coul­ton said.

“The Prime Min­is­ter has vis­ited the Dubbo re­gion in par­tic­u­lar, twice within three months, with drought at the top of the agenda on both oc­ca­sions.

“Pro­tect­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of our re­gions im­pacted by drought is a pri­or­ity for this Gov­ern­ment,” he said. WHILE the feds are glow­ing in their drought pol­icy, the NSW Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence ended last week with a mo­tion call­ing for a Com­mon­wealth Royal Com­mis­sion into the Murray-dar­ling Basin Plan.

The mo­tion suc­ceeded 59 votes to 47.

The wa­ter is­sue threat­ens to cre­ate all sorts of splits in the Coali­tion’s tra­di­tional bush power base, with var­i­ous river val­leys at war with each other, ir­ri­ga­tor groups di­vided, states blam­ing other states, and ir­ri­ga­tors ver­sus much com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion.

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News staff. Note: John Ryan is also a coun­cil­lor on Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil, and is also em­ployed part-time by Land­care. He writes here in his ca­pac­ity as a jour­nal­ist.


Sheik Omar El-ghaz came up from Syd­ney to help host a screen­ing of the movie “1770” in Dubbo last week­end.

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