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Aotearoa : “long white cloud”
Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand (…

=> Terra Nullius

In 1770 Captain James Cook landed in Botany Bay, home of the Eora people, and claimed possession of the East Coast of Australia for Britain under the doctrine of 'terra nullius'

According to the international law of Europe in the late 18th century, there were only three ways that Britain could take possession of another country:

  1. If the country was uninhabited, Britain could claim and settle that country. In this case, it could claim ownership of the land.
  2. If the country was already inhabited, Britain could ask for permission from the indigenous people to use some of their land. In this case, Britain could purchase land for its own use but it could not steal the land of the indigenous people.
  3. If the country was inhabited, Britain could take over the country by invasion and conquest- in other words, defeat that country in war. However, even after winning a war, Britain would have to respect the rights of indigenous people.

Strangely Britain did not follow any of these rules in Australia. Since there were already people living in Australia, Britain could not take possession by "settling" this country. However from the time of Captain Cook's arrival the British Government acted as if Australia were uninhabited. So, instead of admitting that it was invading land that belonged to Aboriginal people, Britain acted as it were settling an empty land. This is what is meant by the myth of terra nullius.

The myth of terra nullius NSW Board of Studies, 1995
Reproduced in the Sydney Morning Herald, 26 October 1996
Racism. no way. CESCEO

=> Darwin cable station 1872

In November 1871, the undersea cable from Java arrived in Darwin, to much fanfare. The scheduled completion date of 1 January 1872 would be impossible to meet and under the contract terms, the government would be penalised for every day of work after that date. Todd arrived with reinforcements in January and work finally resumed in April that year. As the gap between the northern and central sections decreased, a pony express was used to carry telegraph messages across the gap. As it happened, the overseas line failed and was not restored until October 1872, so compensation was no longer an issue.

On 22 August 1872, the Overland Telegraph was finally completed when the lines were joined at Frews Ironstone Ponds. Todd sent the first official message to Adelaide and the city celebrated. With the restoration of the international link, Australians could now receive a message from London in Adelaide in just over a week.

Wish to confirm the completion of the telegraph which is an important link in the electric chain of communication connecting the Australian colony with the mother country and the whole civilized and commercial world will, I trust, redound to the credit of South Australia.
Charles Todd

Source : National Library of…

Hetalia belongs to Himaruya Hidekaz.
Indonesia aph, Malaysia aph & Portugal aph based on Himaruya's sketch.
Brunei Darussalam OC design by :iconanvilgurl:
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HTTS-NewZealand Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
My home-country is worried his culture's going to fade...
SpiderNinja24 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
... Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon 

((Would Australia start getting his memories back during the Aboriginal Land rights Act or Sorry Day?)) 
dinosaurusgede Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's right :D
He will also remembers during the enacting of sailing "Hati Marege" in 1980 from Makassar to Arnhem Land in order to revive Yolngu tradition.
Plus we has a theater and movie production in collaboration with both Yolngu and Makassar community.
SpiderNinja24 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Cool! ((Wish we learnt more of this in history D: ))
MidnightStar591 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
New Zealand...Cutie Sad Nod 
Colors-of-Fire Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
((And so a ship sinks…

Or has it?))
krazychick10101 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ILoveXReader Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
AuFigirl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Be strong, Aotearoa! 
misschocoholic Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Poor babies QAQ


((ortu Indonesia berdasarkan headcanon anak galau ini, abaikab saja))
pulangbughaw Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
I really love how deeply researched this comic is. ^_^
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