The gentle, quiet spaciousness of Iain’s work reflected him so …

Comment on Farewell, Iain Campbell by Harriet Gaffney.

The gentle, quiet spaciousness of Iain’s work reflected him so well. A compassionate and perceptive eye and heart. With love and deepest sympathy to you Mandy. Vale Iain Campbell.

Recent Comments by Harriet Gaffney

Have we ever had it as tough in Australia as in other countries?
This is a thoughtful, considered and impassioned response by Alex Nelson and it is heart warming to see such engagement with such a critical issue for our nation.
What concerns me, however, in the first part of the argument in which history has supposedly made plain the reality of colonization for Indigenous people, its terrible effects.
What I would suggest is that in fact the opposite is true. Having moved “down south” to Victoria in recent years what has struck me are the large numbers of people driving around with “SORRY” stickers on their cars, however few have actually made the opportunity to meet an Aboriginal person.
They can say “SORRY” and the job is done. Much of this lies in the fact that in Victoria, at least, so many Aboriginal people were killed within the first decade of contact, and with such deliberate obfuscation of the facts.
It has, tragically for our status as a nation, been far too easy for vast swathes of the Australian population to remain ignorant of the reality of settlement, its continuing and devastating effects: and the neat, triumphal narratives of traditional history do not fill in the gaps. Written by the “winners” history tends to ignore the particularities – the effect on those who “lost”.
Central Australians are in a remarkable position in that they witness, every day, the continuing devastation that is caused, in large part I believe, by the nationwide reticence to unpack much of what was done in the name of colonization, settlement and indeed God’s will.
Mr Nelson raises Latvia and China as examples of equally heinous crimes against humanity, but unfortunately this too continues our continual looking to the outside in order to pass blame here: in this way we continue to blame Aboriginal people for a problem that begins, quite firmly, with us.
For my money, I agree with those who argue that our nation cannot mature, grow to its full potential, until we face, unreservedly, the true history of how we came to be.
Thankfully, recent history has begun to look at the reality of Aboriginal resistance to settlement, the acts of war undertaken by the British and the Aboriginal response.
Hopefully, sooner rather than later, all Australians, black and white, will look back, united in understanding of what passed – truly sorry – and more able to move forward as one.

18 Clontarf Year 12 graduates
Thanks for covering this Erwin.
As an ex-NT teacher for whom Clontarf was definitely a boon incentive for those of us teaching those integral but often misunderstood subjects such as English, it is wonderful to hear of success like this.
My heart felt congratulations to both the students and the staff involved.

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