Saturday, March 29, 2014

Reintroducing the Dingo

After so much effort for so many decades trying to eradicate dingos it's interesting to hear of talk here about reintroducing the once common native dog to help the ecosystem.

I had read of research that suggested (from a dog proof fence study) that areas with dingos had more surviving small species and less feral cats whilst the controlled side of the fence was the opposite. It's obvious on one level that the reductions of cats in on the dingo 'side' can only be a help for small ground dwelling, often endangered species.

(Below: Wild dog/dingo photographed at Smoker's Gap ACT)

Canberra Times article by John Thistleton...

"Rather than impose his view on dingoes controlling kangaroos, Canberra author Roland Breckwoldt will pose questions next month on who should take responsibility for endangered native species... "

The Canberra Times. Challenge for conservationists.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Aboriginal Wars

Continuing on with Australian Aboriginal history I'm appalled at the basic lack of historical knowledge of the interaction between the white settlers and the black owners of this newly invaded land.

The following video was produced in 1998 and chronically the conflict between Australia's original Indigenous inhabitants and the European settlers of the country over a period of 150 years.

This is quite a long presentation at over 2 hours but I think it should be compulsory viewing for Australian students in general. Compiled with official documents & personal writing from the era it leaves no doubt that the estimated deaths of 2000 colonists and 20,000 Aborigines were indeed real and that a protracted war of sovereignty raged for a long time...

I present the 'Frontier' documentary...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Wanted. Tenants to return to an oasis of capital history

An interesting article about an Historical Canberra residence. The ACT Government is currently looking for an appropriate tenant for the circa 1927 building.

"Old homes with a window into Canberra's early history are being boarded up, when they could be opened to the wider community, say heritage advocates..."

The Canberra Times (full article)

Seems like a beautiful spot.

History lost through lack of funding

  The following ABC article laments the possible loss of many historical audio visual records that are waiting for digitising into modern fo...