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Hidden in Plain View

The Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney

Paul Irish



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New South Books
01 May 2017
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— A fascinating look at how aboriginal people in coastal Sydney adapted to the impact of white settlement during the 19th century - a revelation about a long-neglected part of our history. Dave Hall


Contrary to what you may have been taught, local Aboriginal people did not lose their culture and die out within decades of Governor Phillip's arrival in Sydney in 1788.

Aboriginal people are prominent in accounts of early colonial Sydney, yet we seem to skip a century as they disappear from the historical record, re-emerging early in the twentieth century. What happened to Sydney's indigenous people between the devastating impact of white settlement and increased government intervention a century later?

Hidden in Plain View shows that Aboriginal people did not disappear. They may have been ignored in colonial narratives but maintained a strong bond with the coast and its resources and tried to live on their own terms.

This original and important book tells this powerful story through individuals, and brings a poorly understood period of Sydney's shared history back into view. Its readers will never look at Sydney in the same way.

Hidden In Plain View by Paul Irish at 131 York Street Sydney
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By:   Paul Irish
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781742235110
ISBN 10:   1742235115
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 May 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney

Paul Irish has breathed new life into people written out of history. - STAN GRANT This landmark book will open your eyes to the enduring Aboriginal history of Sydney, a story which was there all along, a story that changes everything. - GRACE KARSKENS

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