A Conference by the Marist Family Peace and Justice Group
This year our conference,
Both Ends of the Gun, focuses on Australian Aboriginals at War - the Frontier Wars and Overseas
Much has been said,
written and celebrated about Australia’s involvement in wars overseas, especially in this year when we commemorate
the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli and Australia’s subsequent engagement in the European campaigns.
But no mention or commemoration is made of the Frontier Wars during which Aboriginal Australians fought to protect
their sovereign boarders and their families.
Our Conference hopes to
make a contribution towards redressing this imbalance.
It was Henry Reynolds’s
latest book "Forgotten War" that inspired and encouraged us to respond, and we are delighted that he has
graciously agreed to be one of our Keynote Speakers. We are also grateful to Uncle Dave Williams, a 30 year veteran
Serviceman for accepting our invitation to be a Keynote Speaker.
"Aborigines who fought
for the white man, are remembered with reverence.
The many more who fought against are forgotten." Henry