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Muslims from Macassar, Sulawesi Island  Indonesia, visited Australia for hundreds of years long before the 1600s. They fished for trepang in Arnhem Land Northern Territory.
Tamarind trees are a featured across the entire coast of the Northern Territory. They were planted by visiting Macassan Muslims to serve as markers when they returned.
JOURNAL READINGS ON MACASSANS
MUSLIM AUSTRALIANS THE DEEP HISTORIES OF CONTACT
YOLNGU CONVERSATIONS WITH FAITH
ISLAM AND INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA
ORIGINS OF ISLAM IN AUSTRALIA
For hundreds of years, Aboriginal Yolngu and Muslim Macassans interacted. They married, traded, exchanged, learnt from one another and even travelled back to Indonesia. 
الله
The Aboriginal Yolngu to this day have preserved words, which were taught during the stay of the Macassans. Such words include that of Allah and Muhammad.
School and community screenings of this short film Before1770 will be shown across Australia and on demand. This involves experts discussing the facts around the Macassan connection with Aboriginal people in Australia, followed by the short film, then Q & A panel.  
There is a vast array of readings on the subject of the Macassan Muslims and their interaction with Aboriginal people in Australia hundreds of years ago. The names of some of the authors include Dr Annie Clarke from Sydney University.
ACADEMIC STATEMENTS
Professor Regina Ganter, "That Macassan contact predates the arrival of the British on the Australian continent is not disputed..."
Professor Marshall Clark and Professor Sally May, "Results indicate this sailing vessel (prau), was painted prior to 1664 AD, and there is a 99.7 per cent probability that the overlying beeswax figure was made between 1517 and 1664 AD ."
Professor Marshall Clark and Professor Sally May, "The Macassan trepang or fishery dates back to at least the 1700s, when fishers from the trading port of Makassar and its environs, in the southwestern arm of the island of Sulawesi, made an annual journey to the coasts of the Kimberley and Arnhem Land."
Professor Paul Thomis, "Flinders’ discovery of Indonesian fishing praus off the north coast of Australia in February 1803 was, therefore, significant both from the perspective of the science of his exploration and for the potential commercial implications."
Professor Regina Ganter, "Muslims are now arguably the most widely debated and feared segment of the Australian community but they are also its most long-standing non-indigenous segment. In Australia, we are able to draw on a long and primarily positive contact history between Muslim and non-Muslim Australians that make no sense of the paranoid nationalism... ."
Janak Rogers, "It’s a little known fact that Muslim visitors first arrived in Australia well before the British established a colony in 1788..."
Professor Marshall Clark and Professor Sally May, "The team analysed two skeletons excavated by Macknight in the 1960s and confirmed Macknight’s argument that the skeletons were of Southeast Asian origin (Theden-Ringl et al. 2011, p. 41). They also suggest that one of the individuals died before 1730 AD (Theden-Ringl et al. 2011, p. 45)."
BEFORE 1770 PART 2
Part 2 of Before 1770 is currently being filmed in Australia and in Sulawesi Indonesia. The project entails a full feature-length documentary to be screened in all major cinemas across Australia in June 2020. The documentary will incorporate real-life re-enactments with a purpose-built Macassan prau, and real experiences of an Australian Muslim group to tour main areas of Macassan and Aboriginal contact. We also went the extra mile with tasking Australia's most authoritative academic to produce an illustrative book designed for students in mind (accessible for all years). Such a powerful tool will complement the new visual documentary having life-changing effects upon its readers.
The "Before 1770" project is an enormous and one which cannot be fulfilled without the assistance of the community. We are asking the community to contribute monetarily to the project in a number of ways. The first is to pledge a donation of $1000. If one is able to contribute beyond this, such assistance will not go unrewarded when one's deeds are presented. 
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