Cloud of colonialism hangs over Queen Elizabeth’s legacy in Africa
In the mid-20th century, colonial British-ruled Australia was a beacon of the new world order. The British empire spread from Australia to India, China, and beyond. From the middle of the 20th century, Australia was also becoming a centre of resistance to the imperial system. Resistance in Australia was led by Aboriginal activists, who fought the British colonialists and the Australian governments.
Despite this resistance, many Indigenous Australians were also working in industries and services that the British desired to control. Indigenous people were also the workers who were building and improving the infrastructure in cities, such as Sydney. The British-ruled Australia in the late 20th century was often described as the “Cape Town of the East.”
The history of Australia is also the history of Australia’s relationship with its Indigenous people. The British colonial rule in Australia was designed to erase Indigenous culture and history. This also meant erasing Indigenous people from the history books.
Despite the colonisation of Australia, Indigenous Australians, Indigenous languages, and Indigenous peoples’ rights continue to be the foundation of Australia. The Indigenous peoples of the Australian continent are the world’s oldest civilization.
Queen Elizabeth II and British colonial rule
The early years of British colonialism in Australia were marked by the colonisation of Aboriginal people and the transfer of Aboriginal knowledge and culture to the British through the so-called “blackbird” strategy. The blackbird strategy was implemented by the British, as well as the Dutch, after they conquered lands in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) in the 17th century.
The British imposed a colonial government on Australia’s Indigenous population through the so-called Protectorate. Indigenous people saw the Aboriginal people as the colonised under the British, and saw the British as their colonisers. The British-ruled Australia in the late 20th century was often referred to as the “Cape Town of the East.”
In the beginning, the British government supported Aboriginal people in their struggle against their colonisers. British colonial authorities provided Aboriginal people with land for grazing, grazing rights, land rights, and support for their businesses.
The British also provided Indigenous people with medical and educational services, including the provision of schooling. Aboriginal people were allowed to leave the country due to poverty. With a few