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Libby Connors completed a history PhD at the University of Queensland in 1990. She was a tutor in the History Department there for many years and was also a visiting fellow at Griffith University. She has published in the fields of crime and criminal justice in the 19th century and aspects of Queensland's social history in the 20th century. She is a co-author of A History of the Australian Environment Movement (1999) and Australia's Frontline: Remembering the 1939-45 War (1992). Connors is now a senior Lecturer in history at the University of South Queensland.

Awards for Works

Warrior : A Legendary Leader's Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier 2015 single work biography

'In the 1840s, white settlement in the north was under attack. European settlers were in awe of Aboriginal physical fitness and fighting prowess, and a series of deadly raids on homesteads made even the townspeople of Brisbane anxious.'

'Young warrior Dundalli was renowned for his size and strength, and his elders gave him the task of leading the resistance against the Europeans' ever increasing incursions on their traditional lands. Their response was embedded in Aboriginal law and Dundalli became one of their greatest lawmen. With his band of warriors, he had the settlers in thrall for twelve years, evading capture again and again, until he was finally arrested and publicly executed.'

'Warrior is the extraordinary story of one of Australia's little-known heroes, one of many Aboriginal men to die protecting their country. It is also a fresh and compelling portrait of life in the early days of white settlement of Brisbane and south east Queensland.' (Source Publisher's website)

2016 winner ASAL Awards The Australian Historical Association Awards Magarey Medal for Biography
2015 winner Queensland Literary Awards Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance
2015 shortlisted Asher Literary Award
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