The Guardian has concluded the final stage of its landmark investigation into massacres of Aboriginal peoples on the Australian frontier.
The “Killing Times” project, which collated data in partnership with the University of Newcastle team, has detailed over 270 frontier massacres perpetrated across the country between 1788 and 1928 – many of which had gone unacknowledged.
The Guardian’s Indigenous Affairs Editor, Lorena Allam, joined Laura Murphy-Oates on the “Full Story” podcast, to debrief after a harrowing, but groundbreaking, five-year project.
This included an in-depth discussion of a special feature on the Forrest River massacre, which was produced by The Jaded Newsman’s Editor-in-Chief, Ciaran O’Mahony.
Mr O’Mahony’s investigation into this atrocity, which occurred in WA’s East Kimberley, detailed an Aboriginal man’s discovery of charred bone fragments at numerous sites along the banks of the Forrest River.
Reverend James Noble found just a fraction of the remains of victims who were slain in the massacre, and the evidence he delivered would eventually trigger a Royal Commission into these crimes.
Rev. Noble’s Great Granddaughter, Tabatha Saunders, was a central voice in the feature, generously sharing her reflections on the story and the lasting intergenerational trauma her family, and many others, have carried for almost 100 years since.
You can listen to Lorena Allam’s summary of O’Mahony’s work on Full Story here, and the full feature can be found here.
The Forrest River piece is the latest in a series of award-winning articles by O’Mahony, including coverage of the descendants of the Warrigal Creek Massacre, a family living by a massacre site, and the closure of the remote Indigenous community of Oombulgurri.