The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills - SOFT COVER

The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills - SOFT COVER

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The Aboriginal Story of Burke & Wills


Forgotten Narratives

The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills is the first major study of Aboriginal associations with the Burke and Wills expedition of 1860-61. A main theme of the book is the contrast between the skills, perceptions and knowledge of the Indigenous people and those of the new arrivals, and the extent to which this affected the outcome of the expedition.

The book offers a reinterpretation of the literature surrounding Burke and Wills, using official correspondence, expedition journals and diaries, visual art, and archaeological and linguistic research and then complements this with references to Aboriginal oral histories and social memory. It highlights the interaction of expedition members with Aboriginal people and their subsequent contribution to Aboriginal studies. The book also considers contemporary and multi-disciplinary critiques that the expedition members were, on the whole, deficient in bush craft, especially in light of the expedition’s failure to use Aboriginal guides in any systematic way.

Generously illustrated with historical photographs and line drawings, The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills is an important resource for Indigenous people, Burke and Wills history enthusiasts and the wider community.



Peter Thorne 

List of contributors


Introduction: a Yandruwandha perspective
Aaron Paterson

Responding to Yandruwandha: a contemporary Howitt’s experience
Richie Howitt

Chapter 1: The Aboriginal legacy of the Burke and Wills Expedition: an introduction
Ian D. Clark and Fred Cahir

Chapter 2: The members of the Victorian Exploring Expedition and their prior experience of Aboriginal peoples
Ian D. Clark

Chapter 3: 'Exploring is a killing game only to those who do not know anything about it': William Lockhart Morton and other contemporary views about the Victorian Exploring Expedition and its fate
Ian D. Clark

Chapter 4: The use and abuse of Aboriginal ecological knowledge
Philip A. Clarke

Chapter 5: The Aboriginal contribution to the expedition, observed through Germanic eyes
David Dodd

Appendix 5.1: Extracts from the 1861 Anniversary Address of the Royal Society of Victoria delivered by the President, His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly KCB on 8 April 1861

Appendix 5.2: English translation of Beckler H (1867) Corroberri: Ein Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Musik bei den australischen Ureinwohnern Globus 13, 82–84

Chapter 6: Language notes connected to the journey of the expedition as far as the Cooper
Luise Hercus

Chapter 7: Burke and Wills and the Aboriginal people of the Corner Country
Harry Allen

Chapter 8: 'Devil been walk about tonight – not devil belonging to blackfellow, but white man devil. Methink Burke and Wills cry out tonight "What for whitefellow not send horses and grub?"' An examination of Aboriginal oral traditions of colonial explorers
Fred Cahir

Chapter 9: How did Burke die?
Darrell Lewis

Chapter 10: Telling and retelling national narratives
Deirdre Slattery

Chapter 11: The influence of Aboriginal country on artist and naturalist Ludwig Becker of the Victorian Exploring Expedition: Mootwingee, 1860–61
Peta Jeffries

Chapter 12: If I belong here... how did that come to be?
Paul Lambeth

Chapter 13: Alfred Howitt and the erasure of Aboriginal history
Leigh Boucher

Chapter 14: Remembering Edwin J. Welch: surveyor to Howitt’s Contingent Exploration Party
Frank Leahy

Chapter 15: 'We have received news from the blacks': Aboriginal messengers and their reports of the Burke relief expedition (1861–62) led by John McKinlay
Fred Cahir

Chapter 16: William Landsborough’s expedition of 1862 from Carpentaria to Victoria in search of Burke and Wills: exploration with native police troopers and Aboriginal guides
Peta Jeffries

Chapter 17: 'I suppose this will end in our having to live like the blacks for a few months': reinterpreting the history of Burke and Wills
Ian D. Clark and Fred Cahir


Additional product information

ISBN: 9781486306275
Size: 250mm X 174mm.
Pages: 314 pages.
Binding: Soft laminated cover. Perfect bound.
Publication Date: (2016).
Images (Colour or Mono) Colour and B/W images.
Author and/or publisher Ian D Clark and Fred Cahir. (CSIRO).

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