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New research shows WA's first governor condoned killing of Noongar people despite proclaiming all equal under law

By Jeremy Martens, Senior Lecturer, History, The University of Western Australia
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In June, councillors in Perth’s City of Stirling decided not to change the name of their municipality, despite former Western Australian governor James Stirling’s leading role in the 1834 Pinjarra massacre.

That massacre, in which troops and colonists killed between 15 and 80 Noongar people, is widely known. Less recognised is Stirling’s encouragement…


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