Australia's True Heroes - Pemulwuy

Australia's True Heroes - Pemulwuy

This is a series of factual stories that are designed to help our followers and hopefully the wider Australian community to understand that our country is currently glorifying the wrong people from our past and instead of praising people of courage, righteousness, empathy, love, and vision to create the change we are forced by the Government to praise and idolised criminals. If you do the extensive research into the majority of the current statue’s that you walk past in this country you will notice that their history was built of mass murders, orders to kill innocent families/children, forced removal of people from their ancestral homes and apparently discovering ‘new land’ like lakes, creeks mountains, and beaches that the people that occupied this land ‘had no prior knowledge about’. Not to mention the worst case of glorifying a person for their claim of ‘Terra Nullis’ and giving them a statue, Captain Cook.

It’s important that to state that these few stories are only a snippet into the long extensive list of Indigenous men and women that deserve a statue on their country for the blood, sweat and tears that they have given their people, their land and us today. We hope that these few stories act as a starting point for your to begin your own journey of learning the truth that took place in this country, it’s your responsibility to unlearn the false lies that our government has told us and continues to try and cover up.


Our first Indigenous Hero and one of the earliest is Pemulwuy. Pemulwuy was a strong willed man of great character who was well respected among his people, the Bidjigal people of the Dharug Nation. Pemulwuy like many others at the time of first contact became into disagreement with the First settlers, the criminals of England. As they moved in and began taking over the land, the resources and the damaging of spiritual grounds. Their views and disrespect to the social structure, resource use and land management was not taken lightly from the First Australians. As soon as the immigrants moved in and began taking charge and disrupting the natural way of life that had worked for so many generations before Pemulwuy and his people they began to fight back.

Pemulwuy was said to be a ‘Cleverman’ and with that a man well connected to the spiritual world with great supernatural powers. He was identified by many to have great understanding and knowledge of his surroundings and the way of his people. With the murdering of locals and stealing of his crops and resources Pemulwuy reacted and took a stand against a foreign people that had no respect or any interest in learning the way of the locals. With many disagreements and fights among the people from different worlds the English soon labelled the First Australians as ‘Savages’.

Now a warrior of war and in the eyes of the English a savage that must be killed Pemulwuy lead his people and surrounding nations to many battles. The ‘Battle of Toongabbie’ and the ‘Battle of Parramatta’ are some well-known battles between the First settlers and the First Nations People. Pemulwuy was injured as he was shot during the ‘Battle of Parramatta’, he survived and it wasn’t long before he was back fighting the injustice of the first settlers and empowering his people to fight for their traditional lands, resources and children’s future. Following several battles through the region Governor King order a government and general order that all Aboriginal’s be shot on sight within the Parramatta region, George’s rivers and prospect.

It was legalised to kill Aboriginal people when seen. Still Pemulwuy fought and as he did rewards were given for his death; money, pardons from prison charges and free passage home to England were some of the rewards for killing Pemulwuy. Besides the rewards and having every Englishman out looking for Pemulwuy the white settlers took and tortured babies, children, wife’s and killed Aboriginal people as a technique to either lure out Pemulwuy or have his people tell them of his location.

 It wasn’t long before Pemulwuy was shot in roughly 1802. His head was cut off as a reminder and an example of Pemulwuy’s fighting spirit; this too would take place if any resistance was shown by the Aboriginal community. His head was then sent to Joseph Banks to add to his collection of headed Aboriginal men, women and children. Don’t forget that ‘Sir’ Joseph Banks has a statue of himself in Bankstown, for his proclaimed discover and collection (of heads) and study of the ‘Savages’.

Pemulwuy’s served his country and people in war against rape, murder and stealing of his land. He is a hero to many and his spirit of resistance remains among his country men and women across Australia.

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