by Michael Chambers
In 1803, the British explorer Matthew Flinders anchored in a bay on the eastern shore of the Wessel Eylands, the northernmost tip of Arnhemland. He described the local Yolŋu people as very friendly He called the place Australia.
They were the first Australians.
Arnhemland; the remote, wild, far north of Australia. Aboriginal land.
When Australian Prime Ministers need to hear from Aboriginal people, they often travel here, where they listen to the voice of the Yolŋu people. Matthew Flinders first declared the name Australia here more than two centuries ago. Famous for Bark Petitions, the evocative voice of Gurrumul, the primal sound of Yothu Yindi. And now home to Australia’s first Space Base.
The epic tale of a proud saltwater people, the Yolŋu were influential in Australia long before European settlement.
From the last great raft immigration in 3000 BC. The mysterious appearance of golden coins from an ancient African empire. Stories emerge from warm tropical seas of devastating cyclones, shipwrecks, and Indonesian pirates. Experience the amazing culture, sorcery, and ceremonies of an ancient people. Spear hunting giant crocodiles, avoiding deadly snakes and ferocious sharks. Tales of illicit, passionate love, healing and redemption. Well into the 20th century, modernity arrives with the first missionaries. While the Japanese were bombing Darwin in 1943, the Yolŋu were already at war. Ancient culture and lifestyle finally meet modern civilisation.
Then, possibly the greatest Christian Revival in Australia’s history!
The Australians will thrill, inform and inspire.