1868 Flying Foam Massacre

Picture courtesy of Julie Dowling

17th Feb 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Flying Foam Massacre that occurred in 1868. However, this day was only the start of the massacre, which continued for some months and occurred not just in the Flying Foam Passage area but was a systematic punitive expedition designed to decimate the Yaburara people who owned and occupied Murujuga country, now known as the Burrup Peninsula. It is estimated that about 150 men, women and children were killed between February and May, 1868, with the punitive party “committing the most cowardly and diabolical acts on women and children”. This genocidal act had a devastating impact on the Yaburara community that continues to be felt with deep pain today.

But where are the news programs announcing this anniversary? Where is the media attention? Did anyone at all commemorate this tragedy? Why is there still such a deafening silence about the history of genocide in Australia?

There will be a commemorative event on the Burrup Peninsula on Sunday April 15th at 10am. More information can be found on Facebook event page Annual Flying Foam Massacre Event


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