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Living with the locals : early Europeans' experience of indigenous life

Maynard, John, 1954-2016
Books, Manuscripts
This book comprises the stories of 13 white men, boys and women who were taken in by the Indigenous people of the Torres Strait islands and of eastern Australia and who lived in their communities between the 1790s and the 1870s, from a few months to over 30 years. The white people had been shipwrecked or had escaped the confines of penal servitude and survived only through the Indigenous people's generosity. Many of them were given Indigenous names-Bunboe, Murrangurk, Duramboi, Waki, Giom, Anco. They assimilated to varying degrees into an Indigenous way of life-several marrying and learning the language and both parties mourned the white people's return to European life. This book provide a glimpse into Indigenous life at the point of early contact between Indigenous people and British colonists. Many of the white survivors spoke up against the appalling treatment of the Indigenous people, and advocated for conciliation and land rights. They also were unwilling to reveal Indigenous beliefs and customs to unsympathetic colonists.
Canberra : National Library of Australia ; Moorebank : NewSouth Books [Distributor]Canberra, ACT NLA Publishing, [2016]©2016
vi, 241 pages : illustrations (some colour), facsimiles ; 23 cm.
National Library's N copy signed and inscribed by the authors.Includes bibliographical references (pages 224-230) and index.
Chapter 1. John Wilson, Hawkesbury, 1790s - Chapter 2. William Buckley, Port Phillip Bay, 1803-1835 - Chapter 3. Thomas Pamphlett, Richard Parsons & John Finnegan, Moreton Bay, March-September 1823 -- Chapter 4. James Davis & David Bracefell, Moreton Bay, 1829-1842 & 1831-1842 -- Chapter 5. John Ireland & William D'Oyley, Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, 1834-1836 -- Chapter 6. Eliza Fraser, Fraser Island, late June-August 1836 -- Chapter 7. Barbara Thompson, Muralug (Prince of Wales Island), Torres Strait, 1844-1849 -- Chapter 8. James Morrill, Townsville-Bowen, 1846-1863 -- Chapter 9. Narcisse Pelletier, Prince Charlotte Bay, 1858-1875.
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