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”.
March 1, 2021
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)
February 9, 2021
Episode thirteen of Frontier War Stories is broken up into two parts, this is Part 2 of Dundalli Day.
In Part 2 Boe yarns with Ray Kerkhove about the 5th of January 1855 the day Dundalli was was hung at a site which is now The Brisbane GPO on Queen Street.
Ray Kerkhove is a professional historian, cultural researcher and writer. He is currently Historian-in-Residence at Noosa, and an occasional historian with the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (Dept of Architecture, University of Qld).
January 22, 2021
Episode thirteen of Frontier War Stories is broken up into two parts, this is Part 1 of Dundalli Day.
In Part 1 Boe yarns with Libby Connors about the 5th of January 1855 the day Dundalli was was hung at a site which is now The Brisbane GPO on Queen Street.
Libby Connors is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2015 Connors received the Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance for Warrior: A Legendary Leader's Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier.
September 1, 2020
In episode twelve Boe yarns with Associate Professor from the University of Tasmania Kristyn Harman author of Aboriginal Convicts: Australian, Khoisan, and Maori Exiles.
As a result of the frontier wars fought across parts of Australia (and also at other British colonies’ frontiers), Indigenous men ended up being transported as convicts. They served their sentences at places including Van Diemen’s Land, Norfolk Island, and several of the penal islands in Sydney Harbour (Goat Island and Cockatoo Island). Several thousand Aboriginal men and boys also ended up being transported to Rottnest Island off the south-west coast of Western Australia.