As usual on 26 January each year, while sensible people enjoy celebrating the birth of ‘Australia’, the usual mob of ignorant and angry activists protest against this day being called Australia Day – believing it should be called Invasion Day.
Is there any substance to their claim that settlers arriving in 1788 ‘invaded’ this land?
On May 13, 1787, a group of over 1,300 people in 11 ships set sail from Portsmouth, England. Their destination was a bay on the east coast of a continent then named Terra Australis, now called Australia.
The bay and its surrounds were discovered in 1770 by Captain James Cook in the HMB Endeavour and named New South Wales.
In a stunning feat of planning and navigation, nearly all of the First Fleet voyagers survived and arrived in Botany Bay 8 months later on 18 January 1788.
Governor Arthur Phillip rejected Botany Bay choosing instead Port Jackson, to the north, as the site for the new colony; they arrived there on 26 January 1788
This legendary ‘First Fleet’ comprised a wide variety of people including military and government officials, along with their wives and children, sailors, cooks, masons, and other workers – many hoping to establish new lives in the new colony.
The First Fleet also included more than 700 convicts because the settlement at Botany Bay was intended to be a penal colony.
The small number of military personnel were included in the fleet to ward off pirates during the voyage and to guard the convicts.
The latter included both men and women. Most were British, but a few were American, French, and even African. Their crimes ranged from minor theft to common assault.
Given these facts, I think any sensible person would accept that this was clearly not an invasion force intent on ‘conquering’ this new land.
So why do some people nowadays believe that it was?
The simple answer is that it suits their narrative of being ‘victims’ and therefore worthy of being financially compensated for the supposed evil-doing of the ‘conquerors’.
It’s primarily about victimhood and money.
The problem with that is, there was no ‘evil-doing’ by the vast majority of settlers who arrived here on or after 1788.
And it certainly was not part of the British government’s mission when it approved the sailing of the First Fleet and settlement in the new land.
In 1788 when the First Fleet arrived with the first settlers, Governor Arthur Phillip was under strict orders “…….. to endeavour, by every possible means to open an intercourse with the natives, and to conciliate their affections, enjoining all our subjects to live in amity and kindness with them. And if any of our subjects shall wantonly destroy them, or give them any unnecessary interruptions in the exercise of their several occupations, it is our will and pleasure that you do cause such offenders to be brought to punishment according to the degree of the offence.”
And to a large extent that’s how it panned out. Despite confrontations and even violent conflicts, the settlers and the indigenous people largely got along quite well.
A friendship even developed between Governor Phillip and Woollarawarre Bennelong despite earlier problems and mistakes on both sides of the relationship.
Bennelong was the first aboriginal man to visit Britain and stayed for nearly 3 years.
In later years even stronger friendships developed between the indigenous people and settlers and there was much intermarriage.
There were certainly outbreaks of hostility on both sides but on a very minor basis compared to similar cultural conflicts in other parts of the world, such as in the Americas and Africa.
Good relationships have continued to this day despite all the hate-filled speeches from people like part-Aboriginals Lidia Thorpe, Thomas Mayo and their Marxist comrades.
However, the relationship between the two cultures has deteriorated following Prime Minister Albanese’s futile and failed attempt to add a race-based and divisive Voice to our Constitution.
He and his government have a lot to answer for – and undoubtedly will one day.
Albanese will be remembered as ‘The Great Divider’ due to his blatantly ridiculous and totally misguided attempt to incorporate race in our Constitution.
As Anthony Dillon – honorary Fellow of the ACU and proud part-Aboriginal Australian with an English mother – wrote recently: “I belong to two great families and that’s worth celebrating. We shouldn’t be racially divided.”
He also had a message for the woke corporates like Woolworths, Big W, Aldi and Qantas: “Wake up to yourselves….. put your profits where your mouths are and do something practical to help aboriginal Australians.”
Many indigenous people share his views and those of others like Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and Nyunggai Warren Mundine who led the ‘No’ campaign leading up to the Voice referendum.
They believe that the Voice concept is racist, unlikely to make any real difference to indigenous people at the grassroots level, and totally counter-productive in terms of helping to bring Australians together into one community instead of us becoming a nation divided by race.
The urgent need right now is to educate our young people so they learn the truth about our country’s history – not what they are being told by left-wing activists in schools, universities and via the social media.
It would also be worth asking angry indigenous ‘invasion’ fanatics whether they really believe that only their people should have been allowed to live on this vast continent?
If so, that would surely be the most ridiculous and naïve view imaginable.
The Australian continent extends over some 7.7 million sq. kms of which about 10% is classified as habitable i.e. 770,000 sq. kms. The indigenous population is currently just under I million – and that includes fake ‘aboriginals’ like Bruce Pascoe who have absolutely no evidence of aboriginal ancestry.
So, if this continent had not been discovered by foreigners, that would mean indigenous people living today would currently have about 0.77 sq. kms of habitable land each to live on, which is about 77 hectares (190 acres) per person!
I think most people would agree that’s totally unrealistic in a world of 8 billion people.
And I certainly don’t think Karl Marx would have been happy about that. 😉
Didn’t these activists’ parents teach them to share?
The truth of the matter is, the country we now call Australia was always going to be discovered and populated by foreigners.
The indigenous people who lived here were just damn lucky it was the British and not the Spanish, Belgians, Germans, Russians or Japanese who arrived here first.
If it had been one of them, our angry activists would now really have something to whinge and whine about – assuming, of course, that their ancestors hadn’t been entirely wiped out by the newcomers.
And as for Captain James Cook – who is also blamed by the activists for being party to the invasion in 1788 – he actually died nine years earlier in 1779 in Hawaii, which kind of puts him out of the frame.
But, heh, facts shouldn’t get in the way of a good story!
Roll on the indigenous activists’ version of ‘The Truth’ – can’t wait!
Fun-loving Senator Lidia Thorpe and Adam Bandt enjoying Australia Day!
Thanks to Johannes Leak for his wonderful cartoon