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First Australians

The Miegunyah Press

First Australians


The companion book to the epic SBS TV series, First Australians tells the story that gave birth to the nation.

First Australians 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.

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 1992 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.

"First Australians is a history project so important it makes a little history of its own." - Time Out Sydney

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

"First Australians builds a scholarly picture of Aboriginal history so far missing." - Michael Lund, Courier Mail

Marcia Langton, Rachel Perkins
Published January 2010
312 pages 
152mm x 230mm
ISBN 9780522857269

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