Monday, April 23, 2007

Race wars written out of Australian history

What has this photograph got to do with race wars and Australian History? It's a photograph of my grandmother in 1921 on her wedding day. Pa, my grandfather was just back from the war fields of France. Historians Henry Reynolds and Lyndall Ryan woke me up to another story, another war in Tasmania, where I was born. These race wars were a secret during my entire childhood in the 1950s and into the 1980s. So I began this research project and film - to find out how could I grow up in Tasmania and know nothing of the race wars? And now that I know something what am I going to do about it?