First Australians: An Illustrated History

Editors Rachel Perkins, Marcia Langton With Wayne Atkinson, James Boyce, RG Kimber, Steve Kinnane, Noel Loos and Bruce Pascoe (Indigenous, Aboriginal, Aborigine, war, battle)

First Australians is a landmark illustrated history of Australia that accompanies a major nine-part television series broadcast on SBS TV. Learn More

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This is the story of the violent clash of culture, religion and ideas at the heart of Australia's history.

Beginning with Aboriginal travellers landing on Australian shores around 70,000 BC, it chronicles the fierce war with colonists, the blood massacres and the earliest civil rights movement the world has ever seen.

Drawing on a rich collection of historic documents and haunting images, it brings to life a cast of characters including Bennelong, who is kidnapped by the British and is the first Australian to set foot on British soil; Truganini known as the last Tasmanian who is broken by the betrayal of her people; and Lieutenant Dawes, a British officer who defies the authority of Empire by falling in love with a young Indigenous woman.

Alive with colonial detail-corruption, mutinies and pyrrhic victories - First Australians tells the story that gave birth to the nation.

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Product Reviews (1)

05 Jan 2012 16:10 AEST
Victoria Markos
from: Alice Springs

Absolutely brilliant collaboration and historical accuracy that defies the previous accounts of "peaceful settlement" and calls upon all Australians "such as we are called today" to question and erradicate myths about this country's heritage. It is high time that a treaty was submitted for Aboriginal approval regarding the lands and equities of this continent that was murderously taken from them.

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