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 offers new insights into frontier conflict, attempts at control and assimilation, the Stolen Generation, and Aboriginal survival and identity in modern Australia. Based on consultation with Aboriginal communities and families, as well as a range of historical research, it is an even-handed and compelling account. 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
Winner of NSW Premier's History Award: Australian History 2006.
RICHARD BROOME is a Professor of History and Associate at La Trobe University. One of Australia's most respected scholars of Aboriginal history, he has written many articles and books including Aboriginal Australians and Sideshow Alley.
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