The Unknown South Land single work   short story   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 1998 1998
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An interweaving of two separate tales: the survival of the Dutch sailors Jan Pelgrom and Wouter Loos after being sentenced to remain in The Great South Land following the trial of those involved in the Batavia mutiny; and the 1846 arrival of the Benedictines in the Fremantle area in order to establish a mission. In both cases, the Europeans encounter and co-exist with local Aborigines.

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    y Unwritten Histories Craig Cormick , Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 1998 Z379477 1998 selected work short story prose

    'In this witty and satirical revisiting of Australia’s heroic past, Craig Cormick rediscovers the contributions of Indigenous Australians that have always remained unrecorded and unacknowledged, Australia’s unwritten histories.'

    'Drawing on original records of the time, he has turned the spotlight away from its traditional focus to illuminate those whom history has forgotten. Great explorers, teachers, warriors and dreamers, who were there when Banks first saw a Banksia or when explorers Burke and Wills staggered on from Coopers Creek, but they have vanished simply because their stories were unrecorded.' (Source: Publisher's website)

    Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 1998
    pg. 51-64
Last amended 17 Sep 2002
  • Dongara - Geraldton - Northampton area, Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,
  • 1629
  • 1846
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