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Issue Details: First known date: 1996 1996
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'Black Mary is a play telling the story of Aboriginal bushranger Mary Ann and her partner, Captain Thunderbolt, roaming northwestern New South Wales in the mid-nineteenth century. Dressed like the men, Mary Ann is one of the gang, managing to survive in the outback and to elude capture most of the time. She dreams of returning with Thunderbolt to live with her people but instead witnesses their massacre and plots revenge...'

'A contemporary play, Gunjies combines family life, young love, a football match and a debutante ball with political activism, racial discrimination and uneasy relations with police (the gunjies). Janson's characters are ordinary people-warm, funny, resilient-who are suddenly involved in tragedy...'

'An introduction provides interesting historical background on bushranger Mary Ann, and both plays are illustrated with photographs. The plays are recommended for Years 7 to 12 Australian history, Aboriginal studies drama and literature.' (Source: Publishers website)

Notes

  • Content:

    Black Mary

    Gunjies

Contents

* Contents derived from the Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: Aboriginal Studies Press , 1996 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Black Mary, Julie Janson , 1996 single work drama
Black Mary is based on the life of an Aboriginal woman bushranger.
(p. 11-84)
Gunjies: Travelling in Haunted Country, Julie Janson , 1996 single work drama (p. 85-153)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Performing Indigenous Australian Women Maryrose Casey , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 11 no. 1999; (p. 41-43)
Works Look at History Todd Condie , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 12 February no. 144 1997; (p. 22)

— Review of Black Mary & Gunjies : Two Plays by Julie Janson Julie Janson 1996 selected work drama ; The Great Forgetting Geoff Page 1996 selected work poetry
The launch of two books at the State Library in Sydney was attended by prominent Aboriginal activist, actors, writers, and a former ATSIC leader.
Playwright's Best in Print 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 6 November no. 138 1996; (p. 21)

— Review of Black Mary & Gunjies : Two Plays by Julie Janson Julie Janson 1996 selected work drama
Works Look at History Todd Condie , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 12 February no. 144 1997; (p. 22)

— Review of Black Mary & Gunjies : Two Plays by Julie Janson Julie Janson 1996 selected work drama ; The Great Forgetting Geoff Page 1996 selected work poetry
The launch of two books at the State Library in Sydney was attended by prominent Aboriginal activist, actors, writers, and a former ATSIC leader.
Playwright's Best in Print 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 6 November no. 138 1996; (p. 21)

— Review of Black Mary & Gunjies : Two Plays by Julie Janson Julie Janson 1996 selected work drama
Performing Indigenous Australian Women Maryrose Casey , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 11 no. 1999; (p. 41-43)
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