August 18, 2021
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.
August 14, 2021
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.
August 6, 2021
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
July 30, 2021
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.
April 17, 2021
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)
April 14, 2021
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.
April 11, 2021
In episode Eighteen Boe Yarn's with Goenpul Goori Uncle Dale Ruska about frontier conflict on Stradbroke and Moreton Island known as the battle of ’Narawai (Moongalba).
March 28, 2021
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.
March 13, 2021
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.
March 6, 2021
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”.