Fighting for Country

Fighting for Country

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John Maynard

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Book chapter

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From the first instance of British invasion and occupation in 1788, Aboriginal people have fought for their Country. Legendary Aboriginal resistance fighter Pemulwuy (c1750–1802) led a guerrilla military campaign against the British settlement in Sydney. Some believed Pemulwuy, who survived many skirmishes and severe wounds, possessed supernatural powers that made him invincible. A courageous and inspiring figure to his people, he was eventually assassinated and his head removed and shipped to Britain. Pemulwuy was followed by a host of other freedom fighters, including Wyndradyne, leader of the Wiradjuri people in western New South Wales, and Yagan, a Noongar warrior from Western Australia. There are many others, neglected by history, who courageously fought to protect their people.

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