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Hidden in Plain View

The Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney

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Contrary to what you may think, local Aboriginal people did not lose their culture and die out within decades of Governor Phillip's arrival in Sydney in 1788. Aboriginal people are prominent in accounts of early colonial Sydney, yet we seem to skip a century as they disappear from the historical record, re-emerging early in the twentieth century. What happened to Sydney's indigenous people between the devastating impact of white settlement and increased government intervention a century later? Hidden in Plain View shows that Aboriginal people did not disappear. They may have been ignored in colonial narratives but maintained a strong bond with the coast and its resources and tried to live on their own terms. This original and important book tells this powerful story through individuals, and brings a poorly understood period of Sydney's shared history back into view. Its readers will never look at Sydney in the same way. Paul Irish has breathed new life into people written out of history. - Stan Grant This landmark book will open your eyes to the enduring Aboriginal history of Sydney, a story which was there all along, a story that changes everything. - Grace Karskens

Author Biography

Paul Irish is an archaeologist and historian who has spent the past fifteen years working with local Aboriginal people on projects about Sydney's Aboriginal archaeology and history. He has worked on the presentation of Aboriginal history at Sydney Living Museums, and has also contributed to the Dictionary of Sydney and the City of Sydney Barani website. He regularly lectures on Aboriginal history and archaeology at the University of New South Wales and Sydney University and has given many public lectures and talks.
Release date Australia
May 1st, 2017
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Collection
Country of Publication
Australia
Imprint
NewSouth Publishing
Pages
240
ISBN-13
9781742235110
Product ID
26407739

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