At the remembrance day ceremony on 2 Feb 2011 organised by Brisbane Murris there was a speech given by sister girl, Morning Star, who comes from North Queensland.
Morning Star gave her speech in Post Office square at the site of Dundali’s hanging.
She talks the problems in the Murray Darling system and lack of consultation with the custodians of the land where these great rivers run – sister speaks of where she comes from (Cohen in Nth Qld) – she talks about money games by whitefellas and how her name was taken from her by white colonialisation.
At the end of her speech, sister sings her naming song that she got from her uncle when she was 30 years of age. Morning Star is now 59 years of age.
Here is her speech and her sad, beautiful song:
There was a smoking ceremony both where Dundali’s gallows stood near the GPO and over at the Queensland museum where Aboriginal remains are held waiting to be released to their people.
Kooma murri man, Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton, from western Queensland extracted a promise from the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Campbell-Newman, that the Murri warriors like Dundali and Watego would be honoured. Discussions are to be commenced about the best way to do that. Lets hope that Campbell Newman who took time out to come to the ceremony at the Queensland museum lives up to his promise [it is now 2013 and he still has not kept his public promise].
3 Feb 2011
MEDIA RELEASE for the Aboriginal Day of Remebrance
Lest We Forget
26th January Last Days of Freedom
For Aboriginal First Nations
Tribal Elders to Conduct Sacred Smoking Ceremony
Hundreds of Aboriginals from Aboriginal Nations across Queensland will come together at the Brisbane GPO and Qld Museum where Tribal Nation Elders will conduct the sacred smoking ceremony to mourn, honour and remember the many thousands of Aboriginals killed by the British invaders from 26th January 1788 onwards, in wars and battles against Aboriginal First Nations sovereign homelands throughout Australia.
Mr Bob Weatherall, Aboriginal leader and Chair of the Centre for Indigenous Cultural Policy (now  Chair, Kamilaroi Land Trust), said “Men, women and children were Slaughtered, Poisoned, Murdered and stolen by the body snatchers, in the aftermath of the British invasion.
“An annual Aboriginal Remembrance Day will honour the thousands of Aboriginal men, women and children fallen Heroes who resisted the British invasion of our sovereign homelands, as well as those brave men and women killed serving with Australian forces in wars outside Australia,” added Mr Weatherall.
We will mourn the unknown and the heroes – such as Dundalli, hanged in 1834 at the Brisbane GPO, Yagen, Pemulwuy, Truganini, Jandamarra and Battles such as in Brisbane Valley, Botany Bay, Kilcoy, Myall Creek (Moree NSW), Battle Mountain (Mt Isa) and Tasmania.
No matter how many times white Australians celebrate the arrival of the British, We First Free People of Australia will not forget the British invasion of our lands, commenced on 26 January 1788, the undeclared wars of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries waged against our people and the ongoing theft and destruction of our tribal homelands, our communities, our cultural practice birthrights. We will continue to fight for our rights and justice for our people, generation after generation.
To be truly a mature just and fair Australian society, our history – the Black History of Australia – should also be taught to our children in schools
All Queenslanders should assemble at the GPO at 11-00am and Qld Museum at
1-00pm on Wednesday 2nd February, to join us in our mourning”, Mr Weatherall said.
Contact for more information Bob Weatherall 0429091452, Wayne Wharton 0408064900, Sam Watson 0401227443.