Hidden Histories: Black Stories from Victoria River Downs, Humbert River and Wave Hill Stations

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Aboriginal Studies Press, 1991 - History - 268 pages
Death and denial constituted two critical moments in the colonisation the north of Australia. Denial persists today and engenders a complicity with all that has gone before. Whether denial takes the form of stride refusal or the more subtle form of blank indifference, the result is the same: the past is concealed, and the living become accomplices in the continuation of injustice. This book unleashes that past and its concealment. You will find stories of massacres and murders, of working life on cattle stations, of friendships and foes, of bureaucratic machinations and the individual struggled of Aboriginal Australians. There are elements to these stories which project them across time and space, culture and experience. They speak of exploitation and cruelty, but they also contain a message of hope. It is an Aboriginal message -- that we should manage our differences to our mutual benefit rather than to our destruction.
 

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Contents

Savages
23
Shot Like a
39
Captives
47
Alligator Tommy
55
Circling Around
67
Karangpurru Deathscape
77
The Quality of Mercy
93
Blackfellow Wars
101
Nyiwanawu and Bilinara Deathscapes
115
Brigalow Bill and Old Gordon
121
Prisoners and Unions
139
Making Stations Rich
151
Memory and the Future
259
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Deborah Bird Rose is senior figure in the world of Australian anthropology and has worked with Aboriginal people in their claims to land, in protecting sacred sites, and in collaboratively documenting their relationships with totemic landscapes.

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