From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories

Melbourne Univ. Publishing
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In March 1797, five British sailors and 12 Bengali seamen struggled ashore after their longboat broke apart in a storm. Their fellow-survivors from the wreck of the Sydney Cove were stranded more than 500 kilometres southeast in Bass Strait. To rescue their mates and to save themselves the 19 men must walk 700 kilometres north to Sydney.

That remarkable walk is a story of endurance but also of unexpected Aboriginal help.

From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories

recounts four such extraordinary and largely forgotten stories: the walk of shipwreck survivors; the founding of a 'new Singapore' in western Arnhem Land in the 1840s; Australia's largest industrial development project nestled amongst outstanding Indigenous rock art in the Pilbara; and the ever-changing story of James Cook's time in Cooktown in 1770.

This new telling of the central drama of Australian history ;the encounter between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, may hold the key to understanding this land and its people.

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About the author

Mark McKenna is one of Australia's leading historians. His most recent book, An Eye for Eternity: The life of Manning Clark (MUP) won five national awards, including the 2012 Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History. He is also the author of Looking for Blackfellas' Point: An Australian History of Place (UNSW Press), which won the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction in the 2003 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. His essays, reviews and political commentary have appeared in The Monthly, Meanjin, ABR, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian.
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Publisher
Melbourne Univ. Publishing
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Published on
Oct 3, 2016
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Pages
357
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ISBN
9780522862607
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Australia & New Zealand
History / General
Social Science / Indigenous Studies
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