The little ruckus some weeks ago between aboriginal clans about who had primacy at the Konongwootong memorial, and detail about what actually happened at what’s known as the Fighting Hills massacre, highlight the importance of always going back to original sources.
It’s no surprise that over time stories are often “improved” in the retelling and that modern media has scant regard for truth, tending to embellish facts in an effort to rise above competing clatter.
A good example today of surmising and speculation being peddled as fact is the message on the little memorial at Port Fairy which says “thousands of aboriginal people were massacred in the area of Port Fairy between 1837 and 1844”. We’ll come back to this monument later.
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