CORRECTING AND REINTERPRETING AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

CORRECTING AND REINTERPRETING AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

HOW WILL THIS BE DONE?

BY EXPOSING ENGLISH HEGEMONY.

THE FIRST EXAMPLE

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All Australians know about Bourke and Wills and to a lesser extent King’s journey through inland Australia. This Expedition was well equipped and set out from Melbourne with 200 tons of food and supplies, horses and Indian camels; and there were towns and sheep and cattle stations along some of the way where they could stop and get assistance if necessary. What did this Expedition achieve? Nothing! Except that the 3 leaders of the Expedition died in the desert through incompetence and a series of rash decisions. Despite this they are remembered as heroes. Which they were not!

What do we know of the other people in the Expedition and the nationalities of the members of the Organising Committee? NOTHING!

WHY IS THAT?

BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT BRITISH.

The Organising Committee had a very strong Indian and German influence and the Expedition was made up of 4 Indians, 3 Germans 1 American, 6 Irish and 5 Englishmen, two of the Englishmen; Landells and King had lived and served in the army in India. They were employed on the Expedition for the skills that they learnt while serving in India; for instance both were speakers of Indian languages and both had other skills, including handling camels.

Speaking of Camels: the camels on the Expedition were especially imported from India under the care of Landells and King, along with their handlers for the Expedition.

It is about time that we give credit to the Indians, Germans and the American that were involved in the Expedition.

IT WAS NOT JUST A BRITISH EXPEDITION.

P.S. The American Joseph Ferguson was on both the Bourke and Wills Expedition and the Eureka Stockade. The two major historic events in Victorian History. HE SHOUD BE A NATIONAL HERO.

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