AQ Monthly - Smoke, Dundalli and Invasion Day


The ANTaR Qld Monthly

January 2014

rights  l  justice  l  respect

Smoking has always been an important cleansing ritual for Aboriginal Australia ...


" Smoking has always been an important cleansing ritual for Aboriginal Australia. I don't think it is an accident that much of SE QLD has been smoked in the last few days. We have had a tough year or more and there is still some more ahead of us but the smoking is a good sign. No loss of human life or built property is a good sign too. The work of many to create a safe place to live. The new year is upon us and we have smoked out our city. We can go forward with a refreshed and cleansed spirit." Wesley Enoch 6th January 2014 Minjeeribah Smokes Brisbane



5th Jan

A ceremony was held at Post Office Square on January the 5th to remember one of the Aboriginal warriors that fought against the white colonisation of Brisbane in the mid 1800’s. “Dundalli was chosen as the Turrwan to conduct restorative justice. He retaliated for the shooting and poisoning of Aboriginal people by settlers.”

He was the last person hanged in Brisbane. “A crowd gathered to witness the execution on 5 January 1855 and the town constabulary and a detachment of native police surrounded the gallows to prevent any attempt at escape or rescue. As Dundalli mounted the scaffold he called out to a large number of indigenous people, who were gathered in the brushes that lined the Wickham Terrace hill, overlooking the scene, to avenge his death.



26 Jan 1.30pm

On Sunday 26th January, Reconciliation Queensland Inc (RQI) will be screening Family, the first episode of the first series of Redfern Now. Registrations will start at 1.30pm with the screening to take place at 3pm. Our Guest Speaker will be Alec Doomadgee, who starred in this episode opposite Leah Purcell. Copies of both Series 1 and Series 2 will be on sale. Alec will speak from the perspective of an Aboriginal actor and producer about the importance of having programs like this placed into primetime television spots and the impact this might have on reconciliation and understanding. We are being sponsored again by Broncos Leagues Club. You are welcome to stay on after the screening to meet with Alec Doomadgee and to continue the discussion. This event will be held at Broncos Leagues Club at Fulcher Road Red Hill Brisbane. Please RSVP to or or phone us at 3857 2373 (Rosalie) or 0439 851957 (Della)


26 Jan 4pm

Dear Friends, Please come to see the New John Pilger Film Utopia in Brisbane - at 4:00pm, on Sunday 26 January at Jagera Hall, 121 Cordelia St, South Brisbane.  Followed by discussions about the film and issues raised. About ‘Utopia’: ‘Utopia is a vast region in northern Australia and home to the oldest human presence on earth. This film is a journey into that secret country,’ says Pilger in Utopia. ‘It will describe not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears and betrayal and resistance—from one utopia to another.’ Entry Free - No need to book just rock up. Screening organised by the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy and will follow the Invasion Day march. T: 0424 610 492  Brisbane Please forward this invitation widely to your contacts and networks. Thanks and hope to see you there, Monique




26 Jan

26 January 2014

Invasion Day Rally, March and Film screening - Brisbane

10AM RALLY Parliament House, George Street

MARCH to Musgrave Park for food and music

4PM Brisbane premiere film screening of John Pilger's UTOPIA



State Library of Queensland

Our Dreaming runs from 14 Dec 2013 to 9 Jun 2014 throughout SLQ. Through exhibitions, events and workshops, Our Dreaming showcases Queensland's vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories as they are retold through animation, while sharing and bringing community stories to life.