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Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse

Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse (Paperback)

By Pybus, Cassandra

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'At last, a book to give Truganini the proper attention she deserves.' - Gaye Sculthorpe, Curator of Oceania, The British Museum Cassandra Pybus' ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, just off the coast of south-east... Tasmania, throughout the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn't know this woman was Truganini, and that she was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne, of whom she was the last. The name of Truganini is vaguely familiar to most Australians as 'the last of her race'. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy: the extinction of the original people of Tasmania within her lifetime. For nearly seven decades she lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than most human imaginations could conjure. She is a hugely significant figure in Australian history and we should know about how she lived, not simply that she died. Her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy. Now Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini's extraordinary story. A lively, intelligent, sensual young woman, Truganini managed to survive the devastating decade of the 1820s when the clans of south-eastern Tasmania were all but extinguished. Taken away from Bruny Island in 1830, she spent five years on a journey around Tasmania, across rugged highland and through barely penetrable forests, with the self-styled missionary George Augustus Robinson, who was collecting all the surviving people to send them into exile on Flinders Island. She managed to avoid a long incarceration on Flinders Island when Robinson took her to Victoria where she was implicated in the murder of two white men. Acquitted of murder, she was returned to Tasmania where she lived for another thirty-five years. Her story is both inspiring and heart-wrenching, and it is told in full in this book for the first time.
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ISBN 9781760529222
Published AU 3 Mar 2020
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781760529222
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint Allen & Unwin
Published 3 Mar 2020
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Pybus, Cassandra
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Multicultural Studies
Australian
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 994.602092
Weight 450g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Aboriginal Tasmanians, Truganini, Robinson, George Augustus, Tasmania - History - 19th century, Bruny Island (Tas.) - History - 19th century
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade

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