Frontiers War Commemoration

Images from today’s annual ANZAC Day Frontiers Wars March to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Ngunnawal, commemorating Aboriginal deaths during the Frontiers Wars.

The Frontiers Wars marks the series of resistance wars between various Aboriginal peoples and invading British forces from 1770 onwards. Estimates of Aboriginal deaths resulting from these wars range, conservatively, anywhere from 20,000 to 65,000. Some estimate a far greater toll, into the millions.

The Frontiers Wars March is not recognised by official ANZAC Day proceedings, and so the contingent is not allowed to participate in the march up to the War Memorial along side Australian troops. Instead, they march behind the offical parade and must wait behind a fenced off area until they are permitted to lay a wreath along side the general public once the ANZAC Day proceedings come to an end.

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