Posts by Ciaran O'Mahony

Ciaran is a freelance writer with a background in Criminology. He has written extensively on social issues such as family violence (Honours thesis, University of Melbourne) and the criminalisation of immigration and border control (Master’s thesis, University of Oxford). His academic writing experience includes writing, proofreading and editing comprehensive reports and analyses for major government bodies and academic journals. His work has been published on a number of popular sites and publications, including The Citizen, Energy Consumers Australia, World Boxing News, Boxing Insider, Last Word on Tennis, MMASucka and Last Word on Football. This website is a collection of his writings on a range of sporting events and stories.

Finalists announced for the 2019 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards

Walkley Student Journalist of the Year

Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Finalists

‘A very tragic history’: how the trauma of a 1926 massacre echoes through the years

Located on the banks of east Kimberley’s Forrest River, with a scenic cliff face at its entrance, Oombulgurri boasts rare natural beauty. Few would believe this peaceful, isolated spot – only accessible by boat – has experienced so much trauma, and so recently.

Until 1969 Oombulgurri was a punitive Anglican mission called Forrest River. In 1926 tensions between Aboriginal people on the mission and residents of the nearby Nulla Nulla station, on their ancestral lands, came to a bloody head.

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The Scottish explorer who became the butcher of Gippsland

Once revered as a pioneer, the Scottish explorer Angus McMillan is now known as “the butcher of Gippsland”.

This reversal of reputation – from virtuous Presbyterian to cold-blooded killer – is the work not just of the people he wronged but of his own relations and the descendants of his closest friends.

In July 1843 at Warrigal Creek, McMillan and his Highland Brigade surrounded a large group of Gunaikurnai people and mercilessly shot between 60 and 150 men, women and children.

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The Killing Times: A Massacre Map of Australia’s Frontier Wars

The colonisation of Australia is at the heart of calls for a national truth-telling process. This map tells the stories that have long been kept out of our history books. It shows evidence of mass killings from 1788 until 1928: a sustained and systematic process of conflict and expansion.

So what do we need to know about our past, so we can start the process? This site is a collection of as much accurate information about our frontier history as we can provide at this time.

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Powershift – A deepdive into the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP)

Working together with Swinburne University, this research reviews the program elements and outcomes from the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP). As a competitive merit-based grant program, LIEEP was established by the Commonwealth Government to provide grants to consortia of government, business and community organisations to trial innovative approaches to improve the energy efficiency of low income households and enable them to better manage their energy use. Twenty projects were conducted using a variety of initiatives across Australia, with their results published on the Department of the Environment and Energy website.


You can read the full report at Energy Consumers Australia