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The Original Australians : The story of the Aboriginal People - Josephine Flood

The Original Australians

The story of the Aboriginal People

Paperback Published: 17th June 2019
ISBN: 9781760527075
Number Of Pages: 432

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The Original Australians tells the story of Australian Aboriginal history and society from its distant beginnings to the present day. From the wisdom and paintings of the Dreamtime, to the first contacts between Europeans and indigenous Australians, right through to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, it offers an insight into the life and experiences of the world's oldest culture. The resilience and adaptability of Aboriginal people over millennia is one of the great human stories of all time.

Josephine Flood answers the questions about Aboriginal Australia that Australians and visitors often ask: Where did the Aborigines come from and when? How did they survive in such a harsh environment? What was the traditional role of Aboriginal women? Why didn't colonists sign treaties with Aboriginal people? Were Aboriginal children 'stolen'? What are the challenges face by Aboriginal communities today? And many more.

This rich account aims to understand both black and white perspectives and is fascinating reading for anyone who wants to discover Aboriginal Australia. This second edition is fully revised and updated.

'Another enthralling account by Josephine Flood, of Australian Aborigines! Her ensuring respect for her fellow humans underwrites every part of her exploration of the life and times of the Aboriginal people.' Pat O'Shane, Magistrate

'This is an up-to-the-minute and balanced account of Aboriginal experience from earliest prehistory to today. Clearly written and well-illustrated, this is the best book to give someone who wants to know about Aborigines, their survival through the millennia, and the experiences they have to contribute to modern Australia.' Emeritus Professor Campbell Macknight, Australian National University

About the Author

Dr Josephine Flood is a prominent archaeologist, recipient of the Centenary Medal and former director of the Aboriginal Heritage Section of the Australian Heritage Commission. She has published a number of books on Australian archaeology and history, including the influential Archaeology of the Dreamtime and The Riches of Ancient Australia.

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"An intriguing and accessible history for anyone, from overseas visitors to Australians." --Sydney Morning Herald


1. Exploration: European discovery of Australia

2. Colonisation: Early Sydney

3. Confrontation: Early Tasmania and Victoria

4. Depopulation: A century of struggle (1820s-1920s)

5. Tradition: Indigenous life at first contact

6. Origins: The last 60 000 years

7. Assimilation: A time of trouble (1930s-1970s)

8. Resurgence: The story continues

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ISBN: 9781760527075
ISBN-10: 1760527076
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 17th June 2019
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 2

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