First Australians

First Australians

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First Australians, the companion book to the epic SBS TV series, is the dramatic story of the collision of two worlds that created contemporary Australia. Told from the perspective of Australia's first people, it vividly brings to life the events that unfolded when the oldest living culture in the world was overrun by the world's greatest empire. Through a vast collection of images and historic documents, seven of Australia's leading historians reveal the true stories of individuals-both black and white-caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in Australia's most transformative period of history. Their story begins in 1788 in Warrane, now known as Sydney, with the friendship between an Englishman, Governor Phillip, and the kidnapped warrior Bennelong. It ends in 1993 with Koiki Mabo's legal challenge to the foundation of Australia. By illuminating a handful of extraordinary lives spanning two centuries, First Australians reveals, through their eyes, the events that shaped a new nation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 240 x 284 x 37mm | 2,060g
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 4-colour & b/w illustrations
  • 0522853153
  • 9780522853155
  • 365,676

Review quote

"This collection of essays builds into a fragmented portrait of a modern nation, set against darker themes that lurk within its memory." --"Weekend Australian"
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About Wayne Atkinson

Rachel Perkins (editor) is from the Arrernte and Kalkadoon people. She directed the films Radiance, One Night the Moon and Bran Nue Dae, and is one of the directors, writers and producers of First Australians. Marcia Langton (editor) is Foundation Professor of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is trained as an anthropologist and geographer, and contributes to policy and debates on Aboriginal land and resource issues, as well as the visual and performing arts and other social and cultural matters. Wayne Atkinson is an elder of the Yorta Yorta Nation. He is a Senior Lecturer and Fellow in Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne, and Chairperson of the Dharnya Action Group. James Boyce is a Hobart-based writer and historian. He is the author of Van Diemen's Land (2008), which was shortlisted for six major literary awards including The Age Book of the Year. He has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, where he is an Honorary Research Associate of the Centre for Environmental Studies. RG Kimber arrived in Alice Springs as a school teacher in January 1970. Appointed Honorary Ethnographer at the SA Museum, he is a renow
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