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'Cassandra Pybus' ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, just off the coast of south-east Tasmania, throughout the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn't know this woman was Truganini, and that she was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne, of whom she was the last.

'The name of Truganini is vaguely familiar to most Australians as 'the last of her race'. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy: the extinction of the original people of Tasmania within her lifetime. For nearly seven decades, she lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than most human imaginations could conjure. She is a hugely significant figure in Australian history and we should know about how she lived, not simply that she died. Her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy.

'Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness records to write an extraordinary account of this lively, intelligent, sensual young woman’s life. Both inspiring and heart-wrenching, Truganini's story is now told in full for the first time.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Notes

  • Table of Contents:

    Preface
    Part 1: Friendly Mission 1829-1831
    Part 2: Extirpation and Exile 1831-1838
    Part 3: In Kulin Country 1839-1841
    Part 4: The Way the World Ends 1842-1876
    Afterword
    Timeline
    Biographies
    Naming
    Sources
    Acknowledgements

  • Dedication: For Lyndall Ryan
  • Epigraph:

    Country

    You see it

    You are going to the country

    Go away to it.

    -Song of the captive woman in the Bass Strait islands, 1830, transcribed by George Augustus Robinson

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2020 .
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      Extent: 336p.
      Note/s:
      • Published March 2020.
      ISBN: 9781760529222

Other Formats

  • Large print.
  • Sound recording.

Works about this Work

Truganini by Cassandra Pybus Barbara Henery , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Jessie Street National Women's Library Newsletter , February vol. 32 no. 1 2021; (p. 5-6)

— Review of Truganini : Journey through the Apocalypse Cassandra Pybus , 2020 single work biography
'For many years, Truganini was described erroneously as ‘the last full-blooded Tasmanian Aborigine’. A figure of sadness and nostalgia akin to the last Tasmanian tiger, few Australians understood her reality or grasped what her death in 1876 really represented. Historian Cassandra Pybus, in the preface to her compelling new biography: Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse, published in 2020, says ‘a lot of what is said or written about her is myth and fabrication.’ Pybus sets out to correct these untruths using extensive documentation including eyewitness accounts, personal letters and official correspondence. She aims to bring Truganini back to life by recreating her as ‘a lively, intelligent and sensual woman.’' (Introduction)
Kate Grenville, Sofie Laguna, Julia Baird and Others : The 20 Best Australian Books of 2020 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 17 December 2020;
On Her Own Terms Lucy Sussex , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28 March 2020; (p. 14)

— Review of Truganini : Journey through the Apocalypse Cassandra Pybus , 2020 single work biography

'White historian Cassandra Pybus has drawn on her direct links to Truganini, the symbol of indigenous extinction, to make a personal contribution to our conversation about colonial times, writes Lucy Sussex'

y separately published work icon Truganini : Journey through the Apocalypse by Cassandra Pybus Billy Griffiths , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 19052493 2020 single work review
— Review of Truganini : Journey through the Apocalypse Cassandra Pybus , 2020 single work biography

'Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse follows the life of the strong Nuenonne woman who lived through the dramatic upheavals of invasion and dispossession and became known around the world as the so-called ‘last Tasmanian’. But the figure at the heart of this book is George Augustus Robinson, the self-styled missionary and chronicler who was charged with ‘conciliating’ with the Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples. It is primarily through his journals that historians are able to glimpse and piece together the world fractured by European arrival.'  (Introduction)

y separately published work icon Truganini : Journey through the Apocalypse by Cassandra Pybus Billy Griffiths , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 19052493 2020 single work review
— Review of Truganini : Journey through the Apocalypse Cassandra Pybus , 2020 single work biography

'Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse follows the life of the strong Nuenonne woman who lived through the dramatic upheavals of invasion and dispossession and became known around the world as the so-called ‘last Tasmanian’. But the figure at the heart of this book is George Augustus Robinson, the self-styled missionary and chronicler who was charged with ‘conciliating’ with the Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples. It is primarily through his journals that historians are able to glimpse and piece together the world fractured by European arrival.'  (Introduction)

On Her Own Terms Lucy Sussex , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28 March 2020; (p. 14)

— Review of Truganini : Journey through the Apocalypse Cassandra Pybus , 2020 single work biography

'White historian Cassandra Pybus has drawn on her direct links to Truganini, the symbol of indigenous extinction, to make a personal contribution to our conversation about colonial times, writes Lucy Sussex'

Truganini by Cassandra Pybus Barbara Henery , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Jessie Street National Women's Library Newsletter , February vol. 32 no. 1 2021; (p. 5-6)

— Review of Truganini : Journey through the Apocalypse Cassandra Pybus , 2020 single work biography
'For many years, Truganini was described erroneously as ‘the last full-blooded Tasmanian Aborigine’. A figure of sadness and nostalgia akin to the last Tasmanian tiger, few Australians understood her reality or grasped what her death in 1876 really represented. Historian Cassandra Pybus, in the preface to her compelling new biography: Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse, published in 2020, says ‘a lot of what is said or written about her is myth and fabrication.’ Pybus sets out to correct these untruths using extensive documentation including eyewitness accounts, personal letters and official correspondence. She aims to bring Truganini back to life by recreating her as ‘a lively, intelligent and sensual woman.’' (Introduction)
Kate Grenville, Sofie Laguna, Julia Baird and Others : The 20 Best Australian Books of 2020 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 17 December 2020;
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