(Australia 1955– )
175.5 x 304.3cm stretcher
1788 Colony established. Flag raised.
1796 First legally sanctioned massacre of Aboriginal people – Hawkesbury River area – troops sent from Parramatta.
1799 - First murder trial of five whites for the murder of two Aboriginal boys – found guilty but released – pardoned three years later.
1802 - Pemulwuy killed and decapitated, his head sent to England.
1803 - First colony established in Tasmania
1804 - First massacre of Aboriginal people in Tasmania, at Risdon Cove.
1813 - Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson cross the Blue Mountains into Wiradjuri land.
1824 - Massacres of Wiradjuri people.
1838 - Myall Creek massacre in northern New South Wales. First white man hung – against public opinion and in a retrial after acquitted in first trial – for the murder of Aboriginal people. This creates a climate of secrecy around further murders.
1857 - Yeeman people (near Roma, Queensland) massacred.
1861 - Largest massacre of whites by Aboriginal people in reprisal for hundreds of Aboriginal deaths, at Cullin-la-Ringo Station, Queensland by the Kairi people.
1869 - Tasmania, William Lanney – touted as the last Aboriginal male – died. His grave is looted and skeleton stolen.
1876 - Tasmania, Truganini – touted as the last Aboriginal female – died. Her skeleton is put on display (against her last wishes) in the Tasmanian Museum.
1928 - Coniston massacre in the Northern Territory, near Yuendumu. Those responsible vindicated in an official (cover up) inquiry ending 7 February 1929.
1971 - Yirrkala, Gove Peninsula, land rights thrown out of court.
1972 - Aboriginal Tent Embassy set up in Canberra. Gough Whitlam elected and Blue Poles by Jackson Pollack purchased for Australia (public outraged).
1976 - Truganini's bones cremated and her ashes dispersed in the wind.
1992 - Mabo case is won – Terra Nullius overturned.
Information provided by the artist.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006
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Gordon Bennett, a survey, Queensland Art Gallery, 10 May 2008–03 Aug 2008.
Gordon Bennett, a survey, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 20 Dec 2008–22 Mar 2009.