The author of a new book about the Sydney Frontier Wars says he believes some historians have done the period a disservice by failing to adequately record the true extent of the resistance by Aboriginal people.
Dr Stephen Gapps new book …. The Sydney Wars: is the first detailed account of the warfare that occurred across the Sydney region from the arrival of the British expedition in 1788 to the last recorded conflict in the area in 1817.
Speaking on CAAMA Radio Dr Gapps says his research found that rather than small infrequent skirmishes,Aboriginal resistance was on a much larger scale.
The Sydney-based historian and current curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum says the Aboriginal fightback demonstrated classic guerrilla resistance in the defence of their lands.
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