Statues of prominent Australian historical figures, Lachlan Macquarie and Captain Cook, were vandalised in Sydney’s Hyde Park recently.
This vandalisation is considered to have been a reaction to the long (& many say continued) systemic oppression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through colonisation. Such events include:
The population of Indigenous Australians shrinking from 750,000 to 60,000 from 1780 to 1920.
Multiple abductions of Indigenous children, as well as massacres personally ordered by Lachlan Macquarie.
This has ignited a debate over the role of important historical figures, who had destructive effects on Aboriginal Australian society, in our public places.
Are statues which memorialise
historicAL figures who have also
committed atrocities offensive?
Daily Telegraph 'We need to fix the present, not dwell on sins of the past'
The Conversation; 'Changing Australia Day is pointless – and there is much to celebrate'