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Convict Valley, The: The bloody struggle on Australia's early frontier


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  • Convict Valley, The: The bloody struggle on Australia's early frontier 
    Title: Convict Valley, The: The bloody struggle on Australia's early frontier
    Author: DUNN MARK
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 02/06/2020
    Imprint: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Price: $33.00
    Publishing status: Active

    In 1790, five convicts escaped Sydney by boat and were swept ashore near present day Newcastle. They were taken in by the Worimi people and given Aboriginal names, and they started families. Thus began a long and at times dramatic series of encounters between Aboriginal people and convicts in the second penal settlement in Australia.

    The fertile valley of the Hunter River was the first area outside the Sydney basin explored by the British, and it became one of the largest penal settlements. Today manicured lawns and prosperous vineyards hide the struggle, violence and toil of the thousands of convicts who laid its foundations. The Convict Valley uncovers this rich colonial past, as well as the story of the original Aboriginal landholders. While there were friendships and alliances in the early years, in the later scramble for land in the 1820s - as the Valley was opened to free settlers - tensions increased and bloodshed ensued.

    With fascinating stories about convicts, white settlers and the Aboriginal inhabitants that have long been forgotten, The Convict Valley is a new Australian history classic.


    'Deeply researched and beautifully written.'
    Grace Karskens

    'Interweaving the Aboriginal, convict and mining past of the Hunter Valley, Dunn reveals the missing and misunderstood complexities of these histories as a gifted storyteller.'
    Professor John Maynard, The University of Newcastle

    'In this groundbreaking book, Mark Dunn shows how the Hunter Valley became the heartland of convict Australia.'
    Professor Lyndall Ryan, author of Tasmanian Aborigines

    ISBN: 9781760528645
    Dimension: 234mm X 153mm
    Pages: 304
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