Bruce Pascoe’s attempt at rewriting Aboriginal history has drawn the ire of historians, anthropologists and archaeologists. He has dared to suggest early blackfellas tilled the ground, grew crops and used irrigation.
Unfortunately for Bruce no early explorers ever recorded such a myth. In fact botanist Joseph Banks’ descriptive accounts of encounters with blackfellas in 1770 would suggest just the opposite.
State education departments have had the audacity to distribute this false news throughout schools in most states to further indoctrinate primary school kids about the $34Billion ‘poor blackfella me’ industry. -Editor
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Letter to the Editor
I challenge Bruce Pasco’s aboriginality and fairyland interpretation of history, he is white, all my aboriginal mates are black with specific facial features, Pasco is not black he is white with no aboriginal facial features, explain that Mr Pasco — White Emu.
How does a white man became and aboriginal, maybe the Minister could give Australia a legal definition of aboriginality and what other races need to do to become aboriginal like Pasco, get aboriginal status and funding – over to you Mr Minister please explain, because we do not understand how it works, we need Ministerial and aboriginal transparency.
The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, studied female mitochondria reported evidence of substantial gene flow between India and Australia 141 generations ago, about 4,230 years ago, reporting there appeared several waves of Indian migration. Likely into Indonesia where they brought the Sulawesi dingo with them.
There is a very simple solution to Mr Pasco’s claim of aboriginality and everyone else as well, have a DNA test and if your Indian or other you are out. We do know the original homo inhabitants were sparsely populated and overrun by the pre-Dravidian Indians, dispossessed of their land and starved into extinction.
A few ancient lineage true aboriginals remained inland and survived in isolation (like our egg laying mammals), until the severe drought forced them to surrender their nomadic Stone Age lifestyles in the 1960s. The DNA is still available of these original people and must be ‘The Official Measure Of Aboriginality’, all others are out.
The Aboriginal industry costs $34 billion from taxpayers, remove the fraudsters who do not carry genes of the original people. You are not immune from scrutiny.
G J May
Letter to Editor
Hi, we are group of Quiet Australians in Melbourne who are appalled that no one (not even one of our tax-payer funded Uni academics ) is debating Bruce Pascoe and his book Dark Emu and Aboriginal ‘farming”. Everyone down south is just swallowing it up. In response to his new Children’s version, which is set for a print run of 600,000 to get into schools to indoctrinate the next generation of Aussies to hate their country, we have started a review website at
where we are gathering evidence to debunk his “fiction”. If you like our site we hope you spread the word and ask your readers to contribute any evidence they may have to support our full review of his A Very Dark Emu Indeed!!
Book critique: https://wp.me/p2dFb5-355
Letter to the Editor
STOP brainwashing children with nonsense
“Indigenous writer says Aborigines were farmers “ (Courier Mail 25/5/19) writer Bruce Pascoe’s book ‘Dark Emu’ adapted for children is based on a nonsense theory without any substantiating facts. He refers to Sir Thomas Mitchell in the 1830’s who rode through nine miles of stooped grain, indicating aboriginal people were harvesting grain. Nine miles really, where were the people to ‘stoop’ such a huge area and what species was it? Far more likely the native grasses had been subject to a cyclone and were twisted into ‘stoops’ by the swirling winds, something a Pommie had never seen, it often happens in cane plantations and grasses today. Then claims the British destroyed the crops that’s why there’s no trace—rubbish.
Lieutenant Grey came across yam pastures that reached the horizon, there are no yams here of such quantity, native yams are small plants, vines or shrubs. Yams as in tropical areas or Taro have a distinguished large spade shaped leaves on long fleshy petioles often confused with native Conjevoi, Acasia brisbanensis, these poisonous plants do grow in very large areas.
As for his fish traps being of some outstanding feature, most country kids-built fish traps that years later were deemed aboriginal. Rock walls or caves for shelter was because the ground was too hard to use sicks and there were no bushes to use as walls. Another baloney faux history to mislead children.
G J May
Editor: What explorer Thomas Mitchell referred to is most likely one species of numerous native sorghum which grows naturally throughout northern Australia. Had large stands of this plant, which grows to one metre tall been wind-swept, it could give the appearance of being farmed. No such luck for author Bruce Pascoe who is trying to rewrite and uplift a “wretched race of people” as explorers of this era described Aborigines.
Aborigines did not practice ‘farming’ as we know it. They did however perfect firestick farming by burning areas of native grasses thus regenerating more palatable grass regrowth attracting their major meat food source, kangaroos and wallabies.
Coastal Aborigines did build rock fish traps some of which remain in the far north today.
Bruce Pascoe should be thankful; if it were not for the dreaded whiteman he wouldn’t be here today.