Frontier War Stories
Frontier War Stories
About Frontier War Stories
Frontier War Stories is a podcast dedicated to truth-telling about a side of Australia that has been left out of the history books.
In episode thirty two of Frontier War Stories, Boe speaks with Professor Lyndall Ryan. Professor Ryan is a historian of violence on the Australian colonial frontier specialising in the period 1788-1850 and the leader of the team behind the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/ng-interactive/2019/mar/04/massacre-map-australia-the-killing-times-frontier-wars">Colonial Frontier Massacres Map</a>. Frontier War Stories is produced, written and hosted by <a href="https://awesomeblack.org/artists/boe-spearim/">Boe Spearim</a> Additional editing support from <a href="https://awesomeblack.org/awesome-black-media/">Awesome Black</a>
In episode thirty one of Frontier War Stories, Boe yarns with film and television director, producer, and screenwriter Rachel Perkins, a Arrernte and Kalkadoon woman who's new documentary for SBS: The Australian Wars explores the bloody wars fought between the colonial settlers and local tribes raged from the time the first land grants were allocated in 1792. The Australian Wars will be available on SBS ON DEMAND Frontier War Stories is produced, written and hosted by Boe Spearim Additional editing support from Awesome Black
In episode twenty-nine of Frontier War Stories Boe yarns with Dr Mariko Smith who is a Yuin & Japanese museum curator, visual sociologist, historian and works at the Australian museum. This episode was recorded on the 26th of January 2022 on the IndigenousX twitter page. Boe and Mariko chat about the exhibition titled "Unsettled" at the Australian museum, the exhibition highlights Aboriginal resistance leaders, massacres, battles and much more.
In episode twenty-eight of Frontier War Stories Boe yarns with former Australian politician, archivist and local historian Michael Organ. Lieutenant James Cook, Admiral (First Governor) Arthur Phillip and Major General (Fifth Governor) Lachlan Macquarie are celebrated by many Australians but not all Aboriginal people share the same feeling for these three, click and listen to find out why.
In episode Twenty Seven of Frontier War Stories Boe yarns with Ryan Stewart who is a history teacher and a PhD candidate from the University of Newcastle, the research he is doing is based on the Darkinjung resistance and conflict in the Central Coast of NSW.
In episode Twenty Six of Frontier War Stories Boe yarns with Fred Leone, we chat about his great grandfather Garrinjamaji (King Peter) who survived three massacres and saved his wife who was kidnapped during one of the massacres. Fred and his siblings were told this story growing up by one of his nannas who is the daughter of Garrinjamaji (King Peter), later on in his life Fred got a hold of two books which mentioned his great grandfather. Those books are 'Whitefella Comin' by David S. Trigger and 'Frontier Justice by Tony Roberts. Fred comes from the Garawa and Butchulla Tribes, Fred is one of the Butchulla Songmen, a language custodian and multidisciplinary Artist.
In episode Twenty Five of Frontier War Stories Gamilaraay man Joshua Waters and Dr Mark Copland both from the Friends of Multuggerah yarn with host Boe about The Battle of Meewah. On the 12-13th September 1843, eagle chief warrior of the Jaggera tribe, Multuggerah, and the surrounding allied tribes led the masterful resistance now known as The Battle of Meewah (One Tree Hill)
In episode Twenty Four Boe yarns with Angus Murray Wiradjuri PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle. Since episode Six of FWS Angus has changed his approach to his PhD in this episode we find out that Angus is now focusing on tactics used by Aboriginal people in frontier conflict on his country the Wiradjuri nation.
In episode Twenty Three Boe yarns with Dr Skye Krichauff about the Reconciling with the Frontier project which will develop a mapping tool that people can use to identify and learn about conflict sites between colonists and Aboriginal people. The project is focussing on research of conflicts between European settlers and Aboriginal people between 1836 and 1901. The project is about truth telling – bringing to light the atrocities that occurred against Aboriginal people here in South Australia. Dr Skye Krichauff who is an ethno-historian who combines the methodologies of history and anthropology. She is interested in colonial cross-cultural relations, the relationship between history and memory, and how societies live with historical injustices.
In episode Twenty Two Boe yarns with singer songwriter and teacher Paddy McHugh, we talk about a song he wrote titled Gins Leap. many years ago at the station I still work at I remember hearing a song for the first time with lyrics like this "On the Kamilaroi highway near the town of Boggabri There is a little truck stop there most travellers pass by But occasionally the weary or those who need to take a leak Will stop beside this spot by the name of Gins Leap, Now Gins Leap is a clifface a mighty wall of stone Left high above the plain by a volcano years ago There is a little sign there tucked underneath it's face That tells all who read it how Gins Leap got its name. Click the link to hear the full song: https://soundcloud.com/paddy-mchugh/gins-leap
In episode Twenty One Boe yarn with Professor Lyndall Ryan from the University of Newcastle in NSW. On the 10th of June 1838 just outside of what is now Bingara in Northern NSW a group of 10 convict stockmen, led by a squatter, rode onto Myall Creek Station and brutally massacred about 28 Gamilaraay People, mostly older men, women and children in an unprovoked and premeditated attempt to get them off land. This event is now known as the Myall Creek Massacre and, whilst only one of many Massacres committed across Australia over a 100 year period, it's notable now for it was the first time that the perpetrators of such crimes were brought to justice. Following a second trial, seven men were executed. You would think after this trial the Killing of Aboriginal people would stop but in fact the killings continued.
In episode Twenty of Frontier War Stories Boe yarns Libby Connors author of Warrior: A Legendary Leader's Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier. Billy Barlow Gubbi Gubbi headman and resistance leader, was born in the 1820s, the decade when British officials authorised the invasion and occupation of what would become the city of Brisbane. At some point during the 1840s Billy Barlow had joined Dundalli and the Aboriginal men of Bribie Island in their fight against the European invaders. Bribie Islanders were at the centre of the Aboriginal resistance around Brisbane from 1843 until at least 1859. Their success in removing white settlers, missionaries, timber rafters, and cattlemen from their country was remarkable. The markings on a spear found in the plundered hut were identified by police as belonging to Barlow and a warrant was issued for his arrest in August 1852. The reward notice described him as ‘a good looking man’ (NSW Government Gazette 1852, 1248) with a long nose and a missing front tooth. Most of the description above found on Indigenous Australia website which is hosted by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University. (https://ia.anu.edu.au/biography/barlow-billy-29905)
In episode Nineteen Boe Yarn's with historian Ray Kerkhove. We yarn about the many methods of communication Aboriginal people used while fighting on the frontier, Ray also tells us about some of the new interesting things he has learnt about Aboriginal resistance on the frontier.
In episode Seventeen I yarn with Jimmy Kyle frontman for Punk Rock band Chasing Ghost Koori man from the Thungutti nation on the NSW mid-north coast. Chasing Ghost have recently released a powerful truth telling song titled “Summer” that tells the story of the 1856 Towel Creek Massacre.
In episode sixteen of Frontier War Stories Boe yarns with Dr. Chris Owen who is a historian and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History at the University of Western Australia. Dr Chris is the author of Every Mother's Son is Guilty: Policing the Kimberley Frontier of Western Australia 1882-1905. The interview is broken up into a few parts, talking about the use of chains on Aboriginal people and native police in the Kimberley region, Jandamarra the Aboriginal warrior who put fear into the eyes of the West Australian police force.
Episode Fifteen Boe yarns with Lynley A. Wallis who is an Australian archaeologist and Associate Professor at Griffith University. The Queensland Native Mounted Police operated for over 50 years, from 1849 until 1904. It was organised along paramilitary lines, consisting of detachments of Aboriginal troopers led by white officers. It operated across the whole of Queensland and was explicitly constituted to protect the lives, livelihoods and property of settlers and to prevent (and punish) any Aboriginal aggression or resistance. This was often accomplished through violence in many forms, leading Henry Reynolds to characterise the NMP as “the most violent organisation in Australian history”.
Episode Fourteen of Frontier War Stories Boe Yarns with Dr Joseph Toscano author of Lest We Forget The Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner Saga, also national convenor of the Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner commemoration committee. At 8.00am on Tuesday the 20th of January 1842, over 5,000 people, a quarter of Victoria‟s white population, gathered at the outskirts of Melbourne crowding round the gallows erected on a small rise east of Swanston Street and north of La Trobe Street. The crowd, in a carnival mood, had come to see the public execution of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner. Early in October 1841, Tunnerminnerwait, Maulboyheenner, Pyterruner, Truganini and Planobeena – 5 of 16 Tasmanian Aborigines who had been brought to Melbourne by Robinson in 1839 to „civilise‟ the Victorian „blacks‟, stole two guns and some ammunition from a settlers hut at Bass River. Over the next seven weeks, they robbed many stations in Dandenong and Mornington, wounding four white men and killing two sealers „Yankee‟ and William Cook. All five were captured by a party of police, settlers, soldiers and black trackers on the 20th of November 1841. (Words taken from the Booklet "Lest We Forget The Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner Saga)
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