Lunchbox/Soapbox: Henry Reynolds on the Forgotten War
Drawing on research and fieldwork conducted for his latest book Forgotten War, acclaimed historian and writer Henry Reynolds outlines the depth and breadth of violence and conflict between white colonists and Aborigines, in Australia’s own forgotten frontier wars.
Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists? Why is it more controversial to talk about the frontier wars now than it was 100 years ago?
Henry Reynolds is one of Australia’s best-known historians. He grew up in Hobart and was educated at Hobart High School and the University of Tasmania. His latest book is Forgotten War (NewSouth 2013).