Frontier War Stories - Paddy Gibson - Preventing the Punitive Expedition Planned in Arnhem Land in 1933
Jun 14th, 2020 by Frontier War Stories
In episode eight of Frontier War Stories Boe Yarns with Paddy Gibson activist and Senior Researcher, from Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney.
Preventing the Punitive Expedition Planned (Massacre) in Arnhem Land in 1933, after the killing of a police officer by Yolngu leader Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda who fatally speared a NT police officer Constable McColl. Now, both the NT Administration and the Department of the Interior in Canberra began to prepare a “punitive expedition” that would ride into Arnhem Land and “teach the natives a lesson”.
Dhakiyarr’s act of resistance inspired an unprecedented movement of support for Aboriginal rights across broad sections of Australian society.