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Journey through the apocalypse

Cassandra Pybus



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Allen & Unwin
03 March 2020

'A compelling story, beautifully told' - JULIA BAIRD, author and broadcaster 'At last, a book to give Truganini the proper attention she deserves.' - GAYE SCULTHORPE, Curator of Oceania, The British Museum


Cassandra Pybus's ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, in south-east Tasmania, in the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn't know this woman was Truganini, and that Truganini was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne.

For nearly seven decades, Truganini lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than we can imagine. But her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy. Now Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini's extraordinary story in full.

Hardly more than a child, Truganini managed to survive the devastation of the 1820s, when the clans of south-eastern Tasmania were all but extinguished. She spent five years on a journey around Tasmania, across rugged highlands and through barely penetrable forests, with George Augustus Robinson, the self-styled missionary who was collecting the survivors to send them into exile on Flinders Island. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy - the so-called extinction of the original people of Tasmania.

Truganini's story is inspiring and haunting - a journey through the apocalypse.

'For the first time a biographer who treats her with the insight and empathy she deserves. The result is a book of unquestionable national importance.' - PROFESSOR HENRY REYNOLDS, University of Tasmania

By:   Cassandra Pybus
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   450g
ISBN:   9781760529222
ISBN 10:   1760529222
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   03 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface Part 1: Friendly Mission 1829-1831 Part 2: Extirpation and Exile 1831-1838 Part 3: In Kulin Country 1839-1841 Part 4: The Way the World Ends 1842-1876 Afterword Timeline Biographies Naming Sources Acknowledgements

Cassandra Pybus is an award-winning author and a distinguished historian. She is author of twelve books and has held research professorships at the University of Sydney, Georgetown University in Washington DC, the University of Texas and King's College London. She is descended from the colonist who received the largest free land grant on Truganini's traditional country of Bruny Island.

Reviews for Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse

A compelling story, beautifully told -- Julia Baird (author and broadcaster)

  • Long-listed for Best Non-fiction 2021 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Nib Literary Award 2020 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Queensland Literary Awards 2021 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Non-fiction 2021 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award 2020 (Australia)

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