Alexander Berry: holes in the story of a NSW pioneer conceal a dark past of Indigenous exploitation

Alexander Berry grew very wealthy from his occupation. He sat in NSW parliament for 14 years and is considered a founding father of the area; they named the town after him in 1888. Today, the pretty and historic township of Berry, two hours south of Sydney, is a popular tourist spot, especially among the short-stay and weekender crowd. But Alexander Berry had a gruesome sideline that has been left out of popular history – dealing in human remains looted from Aboriginal graves.

How Commonwealth universities profited from Indigenous dispossession through land grants

Most public universities founded in the 19th century — especially in what is now Canada, the United States and Aotearoa New Zealand, but also in South Africa and Australia — were large-scale landowners.
Public universities received substantial tracts of expropriated Indigenous territory from their governments that could be leased or sold to generate endowment capital.

Matariki: ‘historic’ moment as New Zealand celebrates first Indigenous public holiday

“This is a historic moment for all of us,” associate minister for arts, culture and heritage Kiri Allan said as the legislation passed. “It will be the first national holiday to specifically recognise and celebrate mātauranga Māori [Māori scientific traditions],” she said, giving “a unique, new opportunity to embrace our distinctive national identity and helps to establish our place as a modern Pacific nation”.