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10 January - Burnum Burnum, Claimed England for Australians

Unread postby Max ADU » Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:18 pm

Australian Birthday Today
10th January

Burnum Burnum
born 10 January 1936, Wallaga Lake New South Wales – died 18 August 1997, Woronoram Sydney NSW was an Australian Aboriginal activist, actor, and author.

He was christened Harry Penrith but took the name of his great grandfather, which means Great Warrior.

As a child, he was orphaned at an early age and spent many of his early years in children's homes run by the NSW Aborigines Welfare Board, most notably Kinchela Boys Home at Kempsey.

While attending the University of Tasmania in the late 1960s, he led a successful movement to reclaim the remains of Truganini from the Tasmanian Museum for cremation.

He may be best remembered for planting the Aboriginal flag on the white cliffs of Dover England on the Australian Bicentenary Day of 26 January 1988. This was his tongue-in-cheek way of claiming England, as Arthur Phillip had done to Burnum Burnum's homeland in 1788 when arriving with the First Fleet.

In 1986, Burnum Burnum played roles in three films.
  • Dark Age, a thriller set in outback and tropical Australia, **see trailer below
  • Ground Zero, a thriller containing themes critical of the British and Australian governments' treatment of Indigenous Australians during nuclear weapon testing at Maralinga.
  • Marsupials: The Howling III, s a satirical film, in which Burnum's character becomes a werewolf in the form of a Tasmanian tiger

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