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Black Founders : The Unknown Story of Australia's First Black Settlers - Cassandra Pybus

Black Founders

The Unknown Story of Australia's First Black Settlers

Paperback Published: 1st April 2006
ISBN: 9780868408491
Number Of Pages: 232

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In this compelling new book, distinguished historian and writer Cassandra Pybus reveals that black convicts were among our first fleet settlers--a fact which profoundly complicates our understanding of race relations in early colonial Australia. Most of these black founders were originally slaves from America who had sought freedom with the British during the American Revolution only to find themselves abandoned and unemployed in England when the war was over. Pybus' stories include the notorious runaway 'Black Caesar', who became our first bushranger, and the wonderfully subversive Billie Blue, who was the first ferryman on Sydney Harbour, after whom Blues Point is named.

Liberty or deathp. 11
Fleeing the founding fathersp. 26
Starving in the streets of Londonp. 40
Back to Africap. 56
Bound for the fatal shorep. 74
Recalcitrant convicts at Sydney Covep. 87
The dread of perishing by faminep. 106
An incorrigibly stubborn blackp. 120
Sportsman to General Grosep. 136
Tugging at the oars; playing in the bandp. 148
The old commodorep. 164
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ISBN: 9780868408491
ISBN-10: 0868408492
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st April 2006
Publisher: UNSW Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.44