1st Edition

Terrible Hard Biscuits A reader in Aboriginal history

Edited By Valerie Chapman Copyright 1996
    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    'A fine beginning for those intent on understanding the colonial past that shaped black and white Australia.' - Richard Broome, author of Aboriginal Australians

    Terrible Hard Biscuits introduces the main themes in the history of Aboriginal Australia: the complexity of Aboriginal-European relations since 1788, how Aboriginal identity and cultures survived invasion, dispossession and dislocation, and how indigenous Australians have survived to take their place in today's society.

    Each essay in Terrible Hard Biscuits has been chosen for the clarity of its writing and for its depth of understanding. The Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal authors range across Australia's post-invasion history and their accounts focus on the more traditionally oriented communities in remote areas as well as on urban and fringe dwellers.

    For twenty years the journal Aboriginal History has attracted the best writing on Australia's Aboriginal past. Each essay in Terrible Hard Biscuits was selected from this journal to provide essential reading for students of Aboriginal studies and Australian studies. The chronological and geographic range of the contents will prove invaluable in surveying a crucial element of Australia's past - and present.

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    Editors' introduction

    1 Perspectives of the past: an introduction - Isabel McBryde

    2 Who owns the past? Aborigines as captives of the archives - Henrietta Fourmile

    3 Inventing Aborigines - Bob Reece

    4 Exchange in southeastern Australia: an ethnohistorical perspective - Isabel McBryde

    5 Adelaide as an Aboriginal landscape - Philip Clarke

    6 The struggle for recognition: part-Aborigines in Bass Strait in the nineteenth century - Lyndall Ryan

    7 Coming in? The Yanyuwa as a case study in the geography of contact history - Richard Baker

    8 Land in our own country: the Aboriginal land rights movement in southeastern Australia, 1860-1914 - Heather Goodall

    9 'A rape of the soul so profound': some reflections on the dispersal policy in New South Wales - Peter Read

    10 Growing up in Queensland - Bowman Johnson talks to Andrew Markus

    11 Resettlement and caring for the country: the Anmatyerre experience - Elspeth Young

    12 The Aboriginal embassy: an account of the protests of 1972 - Scott Robinson




    Peter Read and Val Chapman lecture in History at the Australian National University.