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The Personal History of William Buckley

Murrangurk among the First People

Robert Larkins

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12 March 2020
History; Australasian & Pacific history
As a British soldier who fought against Napoleon, William Buckley served capably and truly but a drunken escapade led to his transportation to a short-lived settlement in Australia, and once there to his daring escape from custody and thirty years of isolation among the First People of the region, who saved and sheltered him. Known to his saviours as 'Murrangurk', Buckley learnt their language and forgot his own. He lived as they did and would later record - invaluably for us today - his understanding of their customs and traditions. When eventually Europeans returned and conflict between them and the First People flared, Buckley was at the heart of the tumult. He courageously stopped three massacres, but soon found himself disregarded by the antagonists and dangerously compromised.
By:   Robert Larkins
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781925801217
ISBN 10:   1925801217
Publication Date:   12 March 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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