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Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, history, indigenous, rottnest island, western australia by freoview on December 11, 2016

The Sunday Times reports today that the Rottnest Island Authority wants to make name changes on the island that refer to the cruel, sadistic and violent Henry Vincent, who was the prison supervisor of the indigenous Quod gaol from 1839-1867. Nearly 370 Aboriginal men died on Rottnest Island!

The RIA wants to change the name of Lake Vincent and Vincent Way and add more Aboriginal names to the island to acknowledge the indigenous history of Wadjemup, as Rottnest is known by the Noongar people.

According to the Sunday Times WA Premier Colin Barnett does not like “rewriting of history” but he does “support some recognition of that history.” The Premier told the Sunday newspaper he does not want to see renaming and glossing over history good or bad.

There will no doubt be people who believe the suggestions by the Rottnest Island Authority are just political correctness gone mad but many West Australians believe proper recognition of what happened to the Aboriginal people on the island is long overdue and a memorial for them should be built on Rottnest.

It is not rewriting history to properly acknowledge the atrocities committed to the Noongar people and other indigenous tribes in Western Australia and it is definitely time to adjust the one-sided history written by the Wadjelas.

Roel Loopers



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  1. Lionel said, on December 11, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    “It is not rewriting history to properly acknowledge the atrocities committed to the Noongar people”

    I agree with this – building a memorial or the like is totally appropriate.

    Renaming things is because they don’t like the man Vincent was is revisionism and this is what Barnett is talking about. I support using Aboriginal names but not at the expense of exisiting names – it serves no purpose and does not change history.

  2. freoview said, on December 11, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Yes indeed, Susan!


  3. Susan Grace said, on December 11, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Re: Colin Barnett’s comment on renaming places on Rottnest – WE are the ones who rewrote history by stamping foreign names on places on Rottnest as well as the island itself.
    Susan Grace

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