AustLit logo
image of person or book cover 338894206321099740.jpg
This image has been sourced from online.
y separately published work icon Survival In Our Own Land : 'Aboriginal' Experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836, Told by Nungas and Others anthology   poetry   prose   biography   autobiography   correspondence   lyric/song   oral history  
Note: Edited and researched by Christobel Mattingley ; Co-edited by Ken Hampton.
Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 Survival In Our Own Land : 'Aboriginal' Experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836, Told by Nungas and Others
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'Survival In Our Own Land presents history in 'South Australia' for the first time from the point of view of Nungas, as many 'Aborigines' call themselves, showing Goonyas, as Europeans are called, as the invaders.

Almost 150 Nungas have told how the Goonya invasion and implementation of Goonya law and policy have affected us. Fifty years ago for 'South Australia's' centenary we were a chapter in a Goonya book. Now we are our own books.

The stories, in prose and poetry, speak volumes of much that has been previously omitted from history and textbooks. Many have been told for the first time for this book. Extracts from Goonya archival documents, many never before published, have also been included to illustrate Goonya attitudes and actions which have caused the deaths of many of our people and the destruction of much of our culture.' (Source: Back Cover)

Exhibitions

8931289
15517612

Notes

  • Dedication: To Indigenous peoples throughout the world, and particularly to our people, past, present and future in 'South Australia'.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Adelaide, South Australia,:Wakefield Press , 1988 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Untitledi"Since coming to the land of the Aboriginals", Gundy Graham , single work poetry (p. xv)
Wala, Damian Coulthard , Kristian Coulthard , single work lyric/song (p. 27)
Up Towni"You go up town", Gundy Graham , single work poetry (p. 68)
Solitary Confinementi"Have you ever been ordered to strip", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 68)
Untitledi"God gave us this land like he gave the Jews the", Gundy Graham , single work poetry (p. 70)
Dreamtime Poemi"My land, the land of my Ancestors", Michelle Coulthard , single work poetry (p. 75)
Private Property, Keep Outi"I walked to the river's edge where as a child I used", Paul Kropinyeri , single work poetry (p. 75)
My Land, My Motheri"White man come", Gundy Graham , single work poetry (p. 75)
Slowi"I was brought up in a nearly all-Aboriginal community.", Gundy Graham , single work poetry (p. 111)
Lawful Kindnappingi"White man you took my heritage", Margaret Brusnahan , single work poetry (p. 164)
The Landi"The land, Adnyamathanha land", Michelle Coulthard , single work poetry (p. 232)
Wilpena Poundi"When I was just a kid", Buck McKenzie , single work poetry (p. 234)
Untitledi"I reach inside", Biwi Brusnahan , single work poetry (p. 299)
Untitledi"Fear.", Biwi Brusnahan , single work poetry (p. 299)
What It Feels Like to Be Blacki"Walking in the sun-light, walking in the shadows,", Leila D. Rankine , single work poetry (p. 300)
Okay, Let's Be Honesti"Okay, let's be honest:", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 301)
One Aborigine Deep in Thoughti"One often stops and wonders...", Vicki Davey , single work poetry (p. 302)
I Am an Aboriginei"I am an aborigine,", Vicki Davey , single work poetry (p. 302)
My Grandchildi"Little grandchild on my knee", Margaret Brusnahan , single work poetry (p. 304)
Survival, Rodney O'Brien , single work short story Indigenous story (p. 304)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Wakefield Press , 1988 .
      image of person or book cover 338894206321099740.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Description: illus., map
      Note/s:
      • Edited and researched by Christobel Mattingley; co-edited by Ken Hampton.
      • A South Australian Jubilee 150 publication, this book contains stories, poems and photographs telling the story of 'Aboriginal' people in South Australia.
      • Contents partially indexed.
      • This edition predominantly cultural and social history.
    • North Melbourne, Flemington - North Melbourne area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2008 .
      Extent: xvi,339p.
      Edition info: 5th ed.
      Description: illus., map
      Note/s:
      • Previously published in 1988 by Wakefield Press, Adelaide.

        Includes bibliography and index.

      ISBN: 9780340578513

Works about this Work

A Country Postmistress, Women Artists, Aboriginal People, a Tin Miner, a Bomber Pilot, a Refugee: Publishing Their Stories Christobel Mattingley , 2009 single work criticism autobiography
— Appears in: Oral History Association of Australia , no. 31 2009; (p. 30-36)
Widely published Australian author and historian Christobel Mattingley has written biographies of two significant Tasmanians, two major Aboriginal histories, three film scripts about women artists, and accounts of a Second World War bomber pilot and of a Bosnian refugee, all using oral history. This article outlines aspects of her approach to her writing and to her subjects, and how her books have emerged from her own life journey.
Know the Author: Christobel Mattingly Sarah Mayor-Cox , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 24 no. 2 2009; (p. 4-6)
Christobel Mattingley 'was born on the Kaurnu Dreaming trail' and lived in the Adelaide plains until she was eight. (4). While she didn't realize at the time that this was 'a significant trail for the Kaurnu people who are the traditional custodians of the land', she attributes the 'geneisis of what she writes now' to 'things in my childhood that went right down to my subconscious' (4). Mayor Cox discusses Mattingley's early childhood and the nascent beginnings of her 'long and profound involvement with Australia's publishing industry' (4) as well as referring to a number of Mattingley's popluar publications and the responses they draw from readers. This includes Maralinga: The Anangu Story, The Miracle Tree, No guns for Asmir and the collection of Nunga stories entitled Survival in Our Own Land which she co-edited with Ken Hampton. There is also a 'fact box' which includes information on Mattingley's academic background, literary prizes and personal achievements
Christobel's Children Karen Phillips , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 30 September 1995; (p. 3-4)
[Review Essay] Survival in Our Own Land: 'Aboriginal' Experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836 Bruce Shaw , 1990 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 1990; (p. 49-50)

'Around August 1988 the long awaited South Australian Sesquicentenary (1986) publication Survival in Our Own Land appeared on the shelves of Adelaide's bookshops. This jubilee ISC volume is important in Aboriginal studies for a number of reasons. It is to my knowledge the second only of its kind to make a state-wide overview of Aboriginal history and affairs. The other book of similar proportions was edited by R. and C. Berndt as part of a series of volumes commemorating the Western Australian Sesquicentennial, Aborigines of the West (Berndt and Berndt, 1979). The Western Australian volume was compiled through the work of a large number of contributors who were chiefly white Australians from academic disciplines. There were very few contributors of Aboriginal descent, a lack of representativeness which did not go unnoticed and was at the time a point of criticism.'  (Introduction)

Triumph Against the Odds Henry Reynolds , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 20-21 May 1989; (p. 11)

— Review of Survival In Our Own Land : 'Aboriginal' Experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836, Told by Nungas and Others 1988 anthology poetry prose biography autobiography correspondence lyric/song oral history
From an Aboriginal Perspective Marian Favel Clair Eldridge , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 April 1989; (p. B4)

— Review of Survival In Our Own Land : 'Aboriginal' Experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836, Told by Nungas and Others 1988 anthology poetry prose biography autobiography correspondence lyric/song oral history
Triumph Against the Odds Henry Reynolds , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 20-21 May 1989; (p. 11)

— Review of Survival In Our Own Land : 'Aboriginal' Experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836, Told by Nungas and Others 1988 anthology poetry prose biography autobiography correspondence lyric/song oral history
Know the Author: Christobel Mattingly Sarah Mayor-Cox , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 24 no. 2 2009; (p. 4-6)
Christobel Mattingley 'was born on the Kaurnu Dreaming trail' and lived in the Adelaide plains until she was eight. (4). While she didn't realize at the time that this was 'a significant trail for the Kaurnu people who are the traditional custodians of the land', she attributes the 'geneisis of what she writes now' to 'things in my childhood that went right down to my subconscious' (4). Mayor Cox discusses Mattingley's early childhood and the nascent beginnings of her 'long and profound involvement with Australia's publishing industry' (4) as well as referring to a number of Mattingley's popluar publications and the responses they draw from readers. This includes Maralinga: The Anangu Story, The Miracle Tree, No guns for Asmir and the collection of Nunga stories entitled Survival in Our Own Land which she co-edited with Ken Hampton. There is also a 'fact box' which includes information on Mattingley's academic background, literary prizes and personal achievements
A Country Postmistress, Women Artists, Aboriginal People, a Tin Miner, a Bomber Pilot, a Refugee: Publishing Their Stories Christobel Mattingley , 2009 single work criticism autobiography
— Appears in: Oral History Association of Australia , no. 31 2009; (p. 30-36)
Widely published Australian author and historian Christobel Mattingley has written biographies of two significant Tasmanians, two major Aboriginal histories, three film scripts about women artists, and accounts of a Second World War bomber pilot and of a Bosnian refugee, all using oral history. This article outlines aspects of her approach to her writing and to her subjects, and how her books have emerged from her own life journey.
Christobel's Children Karen Phillips , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 30 September 1995; (p. 3-4)
[Review Essay] Survival in Our Own Land: 'Aboriginal' Experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836 Bruce Shaw , 1990 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 1990; (p. 49-50)

'Around August 1988 the long awaited South Australian Sesquicentenary (1986) publication Survival in Our Own Land appeared on the shelves of Adelaide's bookshops. This jubilee ISC volume is important in Aboriginal studies for a number of reasons. It is to my knowledge the second only of its kind to make a state-wide overview of Aboriginal history and affairs. The other book of similar proportions was edited by R. and C. Berndt as part of a series of volumes commemorating the Western Australian Sesquicentennial, Aborigines of the West (Berndt and Berndt, 1979). The Western Australian volume was compiled through the work of a large number of contributors who were chiefly white Australians from academic disciplines. There were very few contributors of Aboriginal descent, a lack of representativeness which did not go unnoticed and was at the time a point of criticism.'  (Introduction)

Last amended 16 Jun 2017 12:30:42
X