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Boomerangs were the multi-tool of early Indigenous Australians

Boomerangs were the multi-tool of early Indigenous Australians

Researchers analysed marks found on preserved boomerangs to show they were used for more than hunting, including shaping stone tools.

  • by Stuart Layt

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Lack of prosecution for destruction of mythical serpent’s tail angers Kimberley traditional owners

Lack of prosecution for destruction of mythical serpent’s tail angers Kimberley traditional owners

Traditional owners in the Kimberley are considering their legal options to seek compensation after the WA government decided not to pursue a case against a granite mining company which allegedly damaged a heritage site.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
‘I called the Duke a little naive’: What really happened during Prince Philip’s spear gaffe
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‘I called the Duke a little naive’: What really happened during Prince Philip’s spear gaffe

It was on a visit in March 2002, Prince Philip turned to Indigenous leader Ivan Brim and asked what was to become known as ‘the spears gaffe’ reported around the world.

  • by Tim Barlass
Ancient stones still stand on the volcanic plains of western Victoria
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Ancient stones still stand on the volcanic plains of western Victoria

We don’t need to travel to the northern hemisphere to be enchanted by ancient standing stones - such wonders can be found in western Victoria.

  • by Tony Wright
Oldest ever Australian bone tools found in the Kimberley used as long as 46,000 years ago

Oldest ever Australian bone tools found in the Kimberley used as long as 46,000 years ago

The unearthing in the Kimberley of the oldest bone tools ever found in Australia is debunking the assumption such equipment was only used in southern parts of the country.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
‘It’s our church’: Land managers aim to rebuild wrecked stone eel

‘It’s our church’: Land managers aim to rebuild wrecked stone eel

Aboriginal land managers are hopeful that they can reconstruct an ancient ceremonial stone arrangement at Lake Bolac that was damaged by a farmer.

  • by Jackson Graham
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‘It’s a traumatic experience’: Shock and outrage after destruction of ancient Aboriginal site

‘It’s a traumatic experience’: Shock and outrage after destruction of ancient Aboriginal site

Indigenous community devastated after farmer uses front-end loader to remove 60 metres of the ancient arrangement. He said he wanted to clear a path to poison an infestation of thistles.

  • by Tony Wright and David Estcourt
Neighbours racism claim: Indigenous actor Shareena Clanton says set was ‘unsafe’

Neighbours racism claim: Indigenous actor Shareena Clanton says set was ‘unsafe’

The actor says the long-running Ten soap was “culturally unsafe” and the N-word was used on set.

  • by Karl Quinn
‘Sad, traumatic’: Destruction of Aboriginal landmark under investigation

‘Sad, traumatic’: Destruction of Aboriginal landmark under investigation

Aboriginal Victoria is investigating the destruction of part of an ancient Indigenous site in western Victoria after a landowner allegedly removed a significant portion of carefully arranged stones.

  • by David Estcourt
Historic Boydtown set to be renamed due to ‘blackbirding’ links
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Historic Boydtown set to be renamed due to ‘blackbirding’ links

The owners of historic Boydtown near Eden on the NSW South Coast are planning to change its name because of associations with the slave-trader Ben Boyd.

  • by Tim Barlass
The country pub that saved a village searches for a new future

The country pub that saved a village searches for a new future

Apsley, a village in Victoria’s western Wimmera, was dying. But the community bought the pub and saved the town. Now the Border Inn is for sale again.

  • by Tony Wright