Doco reveals discoveries before 1770
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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