Looking for Blackfellas' Point: An Australian History of Place

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UNSW Press, 2002 - History - 269 pages
Blackfellas' Point lies on the Towamba River in south-eastern New South Wales. As the river descends rapidly from its source on the Monaro plains, it winds its way through state forest, national park and farming land. Around twenty-five kilometres before it reaches the sea, just south of Eden, it passes through Towamba, the small village in which Mark McKenna now owns eight acres of land. Mark's land looks across the river to 'Blackfellas' Point', once an Aboriginal camping ground and meeting place. Looking for Blackfellas' Point is a history that begins by looking across the river to the arc of bush that is 'Blackfellas' Point. From there, Mark McKenna's gaze pans out - from the history of one place he knows intimately, to the history of one region and, ultimately, to the history of Australia's quest for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Looking For Blackfellas' Point is a history for every Australian who is interested in the story of settler-Australia's relations with Indigenous people - what happened between us, how we learnt to forget and, finally, how we came to confront the truth about our past and build a movement for reconciliation.
 

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Contents

Without treaty bargain or apology
28
A cult of disremembering??
62
Emilys story
79
ABANDONMENT
98
Agent of civilisation
117
Victims of singular neglect
135
New history new politics
156
The fight for Aboriginal
173
The struggle for Aboriginal
191
Apologising for history
202
Looking for Blackfellas Point III
218
Index
265
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