Early settlers saw Victoria and its rolling grasslands as Australia felix happy south land a prize left for Englishmen by God. However, for its original inhabitants this country was home and life, not to be relinquished without a fierce struggle.
Richard Broome tells the story of the impact of European ideas, guns, killer microbes and a pastoral economy on the networks of kinship, trade and cultures that various Aboriginal peoples of Victoria had developed over millennia. From first settlement to the present, he shows how Aboriginal families have coped with ongoing disruption and displacement, and how individuals and groups have challenged the system. With painful stories of personal loss as well as many successes, Broome outlines how Aboriginal Victorians survived near decimation to become a vibrant community today.
The first history of black-white interaction in Victoria to the present, Aboriginal Victorians traces the story of Aboriginal people through consultation and interviews with Aboriginal communities and families and rich historical research, to produce a compelling and even-handed epic. It won the NSW Premier's History Awards Australian History Prize (2006) and the Victorian Community History Awards Best Print Publication Award (2007), and was short-listed for the Human Rights Awards Non-Fiction Award (2005).
'Richard Broome is to be congratulated for writing this history in a style that is easy to read, very informative and brings the past to the present.' - Jim Berg, JP, Gunditjmara man, founder and director of the Koorie Heritage Trust 'This finely crafted and wonderfully compassionate book deepens our understanding of the history of colonialism.' - Bain Attwood, Adjunct Professor, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University
Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:
01 June 2005
Part One - Wild Times: 1800-18501. Meeting strangers2. Melbourne: an Aboriginal domain3. Countering civilisers4. Accommodating sheep herders5. Dangerous frontiersPart Two - Transformations: 1850-18866. Negotiating two worlds7. New communities8. Country wanderers'9. A miserable spadeful of ground'Part Three - Assimilationism: 1886-197010. Under the Acts11. Old Lake Tyers'12. Fighting for Framlingham13. Country campers14. Melbourne and Aboriginal activism15. Assimilation and its challengersPart Four - Renaissance: 1970 onwards16. Seeking autonomy17. Being AboriginalFurther readingIndex
- Short-listed for NSW Premier's History Awards 2006 (Australia)
- Winner of Best Print/Publication 2007 (Australia)
- Winner of NSW Premier's History Award: Australian History 2006
- Winner of NSW Premier's History Award: Australian History 2006.
- Winner of Victorian Community History Awards 2006 (Australia)