Is Dual Naming really reconciliation or is it just the government Claiming By Renaming Aboriginal Sites?
In the Wollumbin Caldera the totemic Ngarakbal and Githabal sites are [naturally] named with the ancestral language of the Ngarakbal and Githabal’s dialect – the geographical place names on the map originally came from their linguistics…
Their ancient language identifies the names of their totemic ancestral creator spirits…it defines the names of their ‘Skinlore’s…ít hold their sacred names from their Bootheram [Dreaming Lores] …Lore, Language and Land are linked…and must never be changed…..it is sacred LORE
“The Birds gave us our language….. We are the Bird Tribes”….Marlene Boyd – Ngarakbal
Claiming by Renaming……while the gullible believe that Dual Naming significant sites sounds like a brilliant act of Reconciliation – all ethical and honoring , meanwhile, inside the paperwork, the original dialect attribution is being altered – with the new administrative labels of Aboriginal Lands Councils attributed with the ownership …they even have their own cadastral databases
Contemporary Academics have happily assisted the ease of creating the cadastral databases for Aboriginal Lands Councils so that they can claim Crown land all over Australia….by using academics and government department to assist in the mapping of ancestral sites ….and then doing deals with corporate banks to develop those same claimed lands through the abuse of Aboriginal Lands Council Legislations……Dual Naming and altering the lands records to empower these purpose made Aboriginal Nations is happening everywhere…..But it doesn’t help real bloodline Traditional Owners on bit….in fact , it dispossesses them….
In the Tweed Byron Area on the east coast of Australia this pattern has occurred through stealthily replacing the original lands records attributions [collected by the native police at the time of invasion from the ancestral tribes – the Ngarakbal and Githabul peoples] and now with the help of the Academics they are reclassifying them all into an administrative dialect which the government call the ‘Bundjalung Nation’… when culturally Bandjalang [proper] was a tribal clan of the Widgibil from south of the Wollumbin Caldera…….. hence the Bundjalung National Park …
It is of note that there is NO Evidence within the early Ethno-historical records to support the contemporary governance concept of a cultural bloc now promoted as ‘BUNDJALUNG NATION’ being associated with this area of Australia, or of a Tribal group known as the BUNDJALUNG ever having any access or ‘rights’ to either the Ngarakbal or it’s marriage clan the Githabal Tribal Estates.
The incorrect placement of the Ngarakbal and Githabul and their associated clans has caused much unneeded confusion, frustration and suffering within the communities…but it has a foundation of political law that was used to claim the Continent of Australia…and its all to do with the names of places on our Maps
This commenced when Major Thomas Mitchell the first Surveyor General of NSW, under orders from the Crown to establish a claim of proprietorship over the then most distance and elusive parts of the continent was ordered to do on land what Captain James Cook had done from the sea…to go out and map and NAME all the major geographical features…
Mapping and naming were the prerequisite functions, before the action of tilling the soil, for the British to legally claim this continent. And so Mitchell went out to map and name and thus takes legal possession of the continent of Australia. The crown gave explicate orders for the Aboriginal names to be used…it did this for the very important legal reason of establishing TENURE over Terra Nullus, the unclaimed east coast of New Holland, as Australia was then known.
As Mitchell stated…..“The great convenience in using native names is obvious…so long as any of the Aborigines can be found in the neighbourhood…future travellers may verify my map. Whereas new names are of no use in this respect…..”…..
Thus by using the Aboriginal names…the British could prove their legal tenure over the lands….and more importantly it was a subtle way of partially satisfying the need to claim moral proprietorship over an alien land with pre-existing occupiers…by naming places with their Aboriginal name, the British were taking the Aboriginal name for their own just as they were taking the land for their own…Similarly the taking of Aboriginal names deepened those links to the new landscape while at the same time according a superficial respect to the Aborigines who’s name it was…[D Day – Claiming A Continent 2003]
Now all this renaming was done to dispossess any prior claims over Australia…and those lands records [maps] were all fine and dandy for the crown to maintain UNTIL MABO achieved native title….then, the maps recording the original dialects became the evidence ancestral people needed to prove their connection to country ……..So since that time the government has stealthily worked on renaming and altering the dialects in the lands records database and seeding it in administration all the way up to the UN geographical databases …..so that the maps don’t reveal the real Ancestral Owners…and theses same newly altered maps are used by Native Title Services which makes it very easy to stop any ancestral moiety from successfully achieving Native Title …..
Altering Maps so as to claim land is a classic practice of post war administration….Conquer a country and wipe out their lands records….it’s happened all over the planet…..….and, unfortunately, it’s happening still….
Australian government bureaucrats, like former NSW surveyor-general, Warrick Watkin used his many positions of power, including the board of ANZLIC and as envoy for Australia to the UN Geographical Board using Australian citizens funding and promoting Reconciliation Australia to encourage dual naming of Australian geographical place names as a purported act of honouring and reconciliation of Origine’ peoples…like in the dual naming of Mt Warning where the geographical names board and the Aboriginal Lands Councils removed the Name Wollumbin off an existing mountain, to the north of Mt Warning, and then transporting to the central peak to re-claim it as a Bundjalung Nation sacred site………………All the while this process only served to dispossess the true origine’ peoples from the very evidence they needed to achieve their Native Title ….the original Lands Records…..and those records get seeded all the way up – polluting the entire world geographical governance systems…..
Ironically, his same alteration of the language attributions on the Lands Records currently appears to be also dispossessing the British [Crown] tenure of Australia; with the Australian corporate government ab-using the Aboriginal Lands Council Legislation’s [which government purposefully created as an alternative council system – one which doesn’t have to publicly disclose its administration] to systematically claim and then sell off the crown properties;….this abuse of Aboriginal Legislation effectively serves to further dispossess the ancestral Origine’ moieties by using the Aboriginal Lands Councils systems against them in much the same process as the Native Police was used before…..
Created in 1848 the Native Police were a typical product of ruthless frontier pragmatism. The aim was simple: set an Aboriginal person to kill an Aboriginal person…..Mathews; Landscapes of Change Vol1: Ch4:21
To hasten this claim to legal proprietorship of the continent the crown and the parliament gave the order for the Native Police Magistrates to collect the language and names of the sites in the region…the Native Police had been sent to operate in the Tweed and Woodenbong cross border regions from 1849….for 30 years, until 1879, the Native Police had one order…to disperse the Aboriginals, for the coming of the pioneer settler and enforce the proprietorship of the crown over the gold fields. ..So that is exactly what they did….
The first aboriginals who resided with Tweed’s first settlers, Bray and Gray, were the native police trackers and the women whom they had been ”awarded” for their efforts of dispersing the local ab-Origine’ moieties. Those first police were brought up to the Tweed from the Bray and Gray properties in Tumut Brungle in the south …..many of their descendants have remained here in the Tweed.
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