National Library of Australia
Living With The Locals: Early Europeans' Experience Of Indigenous Life
Bunboe Murrangurk, Duramboi, Waki, Giom, Anco.
These are the names that Indigenous people gave to some of the convict escapees and shipwreck survivors whom they took into their communities during the nineteenth century. Their generosity ensured the Europeans' survival and, for the most part, both parties mourned the white people's return to European life.
The stories in Living with the Locals provide a glimpse into Indigenous life at the point of early contact between Indigenous people and British colonists. While negative attitudes towards Indigenous people gave rise to misinterpretation of events and sensationalised versions of the stories, the white survivors themselves were unwilling to betray Indigenous beliefs and customs to unsympathetic colonists.
John Maynard and Victoria Haskins bring fresh insight into the stories in this book and re-evaluate the encounters between Indigenous people and the white people who became part of their families.
John Maynard & Victoria Haskins
Published Nov 2016
230mm x 190mm