” ― Michael Crichton This is my third and final post about revisiting Australia’s Bicentenary through through the pages of a copy of , January, 1988, which I recently found in a local op shop.
In terms of trying to better understand the range of views towards the Bicentenary, I threw together a smattering of newspaper clippings to show a few of the different opinions which were around at the time.
I loved getting up early, I loved the stock, the dark mornings and the sunrises.
When we sold our farm, I spent every school holiday I could on a farm.
“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything.
You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.
In this, I join with Dr Martin Luther King (Jnr) and say “I have a dream”.
I haven’t quite worked out all the details yet but have joined at least 1000 other people who will be writing about compassion on 20th February, 2015…the UN International Day of Social Justice: 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. You can check out the details here: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/bloggers-unite-for-a-better-world-1000-voices-speak-for-compassion/ We need to keep working on the foundations laid by trail blazers like Dr Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela and see love, compassion and equality triumph!
The plan was to consult to a few leading producers and launch a family of wines, which now sits with Trademark Syrah, Quarter Acre, Two Gates, Te Awanga Estate and One Off.
This is not to say that they can’t take part, or shouldn’t. ”, Australian author Patrick White also voiced opposition to the Bicentenary, which he described as a “circus”.
As has been outlined already, recognition and support for the constructive message that is attached to the Bicentenary is essential for a reconciliation, for progress in the area of Aboriginal reform and to build bridges of communication with the white population. Indeed, taking quite a stand, the Nobel Prize winning author refused to have any of his work published or performed during the Bi centennial.
The Australian achievement was a matter for immense pride.
Australians should not apologise for the fact that their country was European in origin.