Monday, January 27, 2014

Is it the 27th already?

Aborigines fought for our (Australian) flag. I heard that somewhere but I forget where or the context. No matter. I doubt many Aborigines think well of the Australian flag. To them it probably represents many of the wrongs of the past.

A radio presenter friend has a new phone answering person. R spoke to her on the phone one day and she was absolutely lovely. Our friend tells us that she has two exceptionally attractive sons in their twenties. She is what is, or was known as a Burgher, in the colonial country of Celyon, now Sri Lanka. Burghers, a mix of Sri Lankan and Portuguese are normally pale skinned, but not always. They were often schooled at Catholic church institutions, and so speak English very well.

From knowing many Anglo Indians and Burghers from Ceylon, they regret when the British left their colonies and left them to their own devices.

While I know there were many wrongs done to colonial countries, Australia included, by our then British masters,  we and some of the former colonies have inherited some very special laws and manners of governance from Britain that should be treasured.


In some ways I dislike the self satisfied Australia for so many reason, but then I take full advantage of it and live a quite comfortable life in Australia.

Australia was Aboriginal first before Britain invaded the country, and that is exactly what happened, so I don't mind if Aborigines want to protest about Invasion Day. The facts and our mistreatment of the native population cannot be denied. But we are here now for good and bad and we are all Australian. 

The Headmaster wrote a note on Australia's report card: Could to better but natural talent and luck makes Oz an ok place. 

PS This should of course been posted on Australia Day, yesterday, but in typical Australian fashion it is up the day after, on the public holiday for Australia Day.

11 comments:

  1. There are many aboriginal protesters but there are also many who embrace Australia Day. They have forgiven our forefathers and got on with life and become proud Aussies like the Australian of the Year, who is aboriginal.
    There is still a lot of room for improvement in how we care for aboriginals.

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    1. Diane, at times it seems impossible, but we must keep trying. Education!!!

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  2. It will take time and patience to overcome the many wrongs that happened during the British takeover of Australia but you are right when you say many good things were also achieved.

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    1. Fun60, it can be difficult to separate white Australia's achievement from the cost of dispossession.

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  3. I certainly cannot blame aborigines for protesting this day - just as I can't blame Native Americans for protesting Columbus day over here.

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    1. Ah Keith, that happens there too.

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  4. I love to read stories about the Australian colonisation and have read a lot. When I think that the first white people were mostly "criminals". Maybe your ancestor has stolen an apple and was sent to Australia ??

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    1. Gattina, as far as I know, my ancestry is non criminal. I am a terrible mix from European countries.

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  5. great history. greetings from Poland. Gosia

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  6. Australia is a great country to live in my opinion is the best in the world. I believe you are happy to live in a rich and wonderful country.

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    1. Hi Gosia. The problem is we compare ourselves to other Australians, not people of the world, so we don't feel so lucky.

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