Issue Details: First known date: 1999 1999
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'Inga Clendinnen believes that democratic people need true stories about their past. In this engaging essay, based on Clendinnen's 1999 Boyer Lectures, she argues for the rejection of any single, simple account of the Australian past. The reader catches the experience of individuals through fragments -- a woman being manhandled on a beach, an old man remembering the hard lessons of his boyhood in a Jesuit mission, an old woman urgently dancing the history of her country.

'What whites have done to indigenous Australians has been described as the 'locked cupboard' of Australian history. Now, "the cupboard is locked no more". This frank and challenging review of race relations in Australia helps us cast off prejudice and foregone conclusions and to look with fresh eyes. It enables us to understand better how this nation came to be what it is today.' (Publisher's blurb)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: ABC Books , 1999 .
      Extent: v, 118p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographical references (p. 113-118)
      ISBN: 0733308031
      Series: y Boyer Lectures Z1082238 1959 series - publisher
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2008 .
      Extent: 132p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographical references.
      • A revised version of Clendinnen's 1999 Boyer Lecture series.
      ISBN: 9781921351341 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

The Next Mission Inga Clendinnen , 2008 single work essay
— Appears in: The Age , 16 February 2008; (p. 14-15)
Clendinnen reflects on the recent history of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Australia, particularly in the period since 1999 when she delivered the Boyer Lectures in a series titled True Stories. Clendinnen hopes that these '"true stories" ... will serve as a marker along our shared way'.
Pick of the Week Sacha Molitorisz , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 March 2008; (p. 31)

— Review of True Stories : History, Politics, Aboriginality Inga Clendinnen 1999 single work essay
In Search of Truth Stephen Saunders , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 30 March 2008; (p. 21)

— Review of True Stories : History, Politics, Aboriginality Inga Clendinnen 1999 single work essay
Becoming Migloo Gillian Whitlock , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Ideas Market : An Alternative Take on Australia's Intellectual Life 2004; (p. 236-258)
Pick of the Week Sacha Molitorisz , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 March 2008; (p. 31)

— Review of True Stories : History, Politics, Aboriginality Inga Clendinnen 1999 single work essay
In Search of Truth Stephen Saunders , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 30 March 2008; (p. 21)

— Review of True Stories : History, Politics, Aboriginality Inga Clendinnen 1999 single work essay
The Next Mission Inga Clendinnen , 2008 single work essay
— Appears in: The Age , 16 February 2008; (p. 14-15)
Clendinnen reflects on the recent history of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Australia, particularly in the period since 1999 when she delivered the Boyer Lectures in a series titled True Stories. Clendinnen hopes that these '"true stories" ... will serve as a marker along our shared way'.
Becoming Migloo Gillian Whitlock , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Ideas Market : An Alternative Take on Australia's Intellectual Life 2004; (p. 236-258)
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