POSTPONED Cassandra Pybus - Truganini - Thursday 19th March

In conversation with Tim Rowse

Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse

The haunting story of the extraordinary Aboriginal woman behind the myth of 'the last Tasmanian Aborigine'.

Cassandra Pybus's ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, in south-east Tasmania, in the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn't know this woman was Truganini, and that Truganini was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne.

For nearly seven decades, Truganini lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than we can imagine. But her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy. Now Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini's extraordinary story in full.

Hardly more than a child, Truganini managed to survive the devastation of the 1820s, when the clans of south-eastern Tasmania were all but extinguished. She spent five years on a journey around Tasmania, across rugged highlands and through barely penetrable forests, with George Augustus Robinson, the self-styled missionary who was collecting the survivors to send them into exile on Flinders Island. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy - the so-called extinction of the original people of Tasmania.

Truganini's story is inspiring and haunting - a journey through the apocalypse.  BUY THE BOOK



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This event has been postponed indefinitely.

After weighing up the risks of the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to postpone our events program until further notice.Though it is not a decision we make lightly,  to ensure the safety of our customers, authors, and staff, we feel that this is the best course of action we can take.  We will be monitoring the situation closely. All ticket holders will be contacted & refunded within the next week, or if you would prefer, we hope you may consider us keeping  your booking on file as a credit for when our event programme recommences.  Existing ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible - or you may phone the shop on 02 9660 2333.