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Eagles and Duty

(This article originally appeared in the Bobby Dazzler Newsletter #10 in May 2004. To subscribe to the free six-times-a-year Newsletter, send a request to brennan@bba.com.au). Ogden Nash, in his wonderful poem, Kind of an Ode to Duty, wrote: O Duty, … Continue reading

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The Barkly Tableland

The Barkly Tableland is a large plain stretching from the middle of the Northern Territory across to the western edge of Queensland. It was encountered by explorer William Landsborough in 1862, while he was leading a party in search of … Continue reading

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Terra Nullius

In the Bobby Dazzler Newsletter* #78 (December 2016), I wrote a review of Bruce Pascoe’s book “Dark Emu”. In it, Pascoe describes how Aboriginal people, despite common perceptions to the contrary, did build houses, did build dams, did sow, irrigate … Continue reading

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Ow yu goin mate orright?

Being myself an Aussie bloke, I can walk up to another bloke and say that. If the other bloke is a true blue Aussie, he can ignore the questioning aspect, and simply reply “G’day mate.” And thus it is established … Continue reading

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The Good Oil – Part 2: Emu

Just to set the scene, why not start by listening to John Williamson’s famous rendition of “Old Man Emu” – click here. (If you enjoyed the sound of the didgeridoo in that, you might like some solo didgeridoo music – … Continue reading

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Dark Emu

I’ve just read Bruce Pascoe’s book Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? (Magabala Books, Broome, WA, 2014). I cannot recommend it too highly. It deserves to be read not only by all non-indigenous Australians, but also by the non-indigenous … Continue reading

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The Good Oil – Part 1: Eucalyptus

For thousands of years, indigenous Australians have used the oil from the “gum” or eucalyptus tree as an antiseptic or healing agent. From the very early days of white settlement in 1788, people started to recognise some of the many … Continue reading

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