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Issue Details: First known date: 1968... 1968 The Unlucky Australians
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Story of Wave Hill strike 1966/67 for equal rights, conditions existing before strike; migration of Gurindji tribe to Wattie Creek, building their own village; information from Dexter Daniels, Aboriginal Union organiser, Vincent Lingiari, leader of Gurindji, Captain Major, Robert Tudawali. (Source: Trove)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon The Unlucky Australians ( dir. John Goldschmidt ) United Kingdom (UK) : Associated Television , 1973 14144819 1973 single work film/TV

'This film documents the re-enactment of the Gurindji Walkout from the Vestey's cattle station at Wave Hill in 1966, and their subsequent setting up of a permanent community at Wattie Creek. Following this they filed a suit for the return of their traditional land. Throughout the film Gurindji leader, Vincent Lingiari, and Frank Hardy talk on the progress (or lack thereof) of the Gurindji people's ongoing campaign for land rights. The film contains a restricted sequence of ceremonial enactment at a Gurindji rock art site. The Unlucky Australians was screened on television in Britain in 1973, though it was never broadcast in Australia. Although Hardy and others took copies of the film to the Gurindji themselves (screening it on the side of a truck) in the heated political climate of the 1970s a combination of political and commercial pressure over land rights conspired to keep it from view.' (Production summary)

Notes

  • Also published in braille and sound recording formats.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Nelson , 1968 .
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      Extent: ix, 257p.p.
      Description: illus., map, ports.
      Note/s:
      • Foreword by Donald Horne.
      • Includes index
      • Maps on lining papers
    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Rigby , 1976 .
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      Extent: xii, 257p. [24]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Foreword by Donald Horne.
      • Includes index
      ISBN: 0855501693
    • London,
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      England,
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      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Pan ,
      1978 .
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      Extent: 350p.
      Note/s:
      • Foreword by Donald Horne ; introduction by the Hon Gough Whitlam.
      ISBN: 0330255169
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: One Day Hill , 2006 .
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      Extent: 257p.
      ISBN: 0975770837
    • Hawthorn, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Gold Star , 1972 .
      Extent: xx, 279p.p.
      Edition info: 2nd rev.ed.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0726000124

Works about this Work

Meat-Eaters Eve Vincent , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , June 2018;

'In 2015, Richie Benaud hosted an ‘Australia Day’ barbeque, a pantheon of colonial historical figures on his invite list. Benaud gathered the English navigator, Captain James Cook, who remapped and renamed the east coast of this continent in 1770, and Burke and Wills, whose agonising deaths at Coopers Creek in 1861 were possibly in part the result of them coming to rely on the seeds of an aquatic fern, nardoo (Marsilea drummondii), for nutrition.' (Introduction)

The 'Cultural Mission' in Indigenous Non-Fiction Book Publishing in Australia 1960–2000 Mark Davis , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , vol. 41 no. 4 2017; (p. 450-471)

'Non-fiction books by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have arguably played a crucial role in the framing of public discussion of Indigenous issues in Australia since the 1950s. In this article, I track quantitative trends in the publishing of the approximately 769 such books for the Australian retail trade between 1960 and 2000, as part of what I describe as an emerging “cultural mission” among Australian book publishers through the period. The article then discusses two major trends within the data. The first is an overall increase in the number of titles published annually through the period, while the second is a declining interest by mass-market trade publishers in publishing books in the area from the 1980s onwards versus an increased publication rate by smaller independent presses and two large trade publishers with a particular interest in the area, one of which is also independently owned. The article concludes with a discussion of possible reasons for the latter trend in the context of ongoing debates about white Australian colonialism.'  (Publication abstract)

Red Truths and White Lies Charlie Ward , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 36 2012; (p. 217-225)
Frank Hardy Tom Sigley , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Writing Across the Continent 2008;
The Politics of Emotion Nathan Hollier , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 187 2007; (p. 26-32)
The New Journalism that Exposed Australia's Apartheid Nathan Hollier , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 September 2006; (p. 22)

— Review of The Unlucky Australians Frank Hardy , 1968 single work non-fiction
Reviewers' '68 Choice Geoff Page , W. S. Ramson , Don Aitkin , Elizabeth Bray , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 December 1968; (p. 9)

— Review of An Eye for a Tooth : Poems Bruce Dawe , 1968 selected work poetry ; The White Thorntree : A Novel Frank Dalby Davison , 1968 single work novel ; The Unlucky Australians Frank Hardy , 1968 single work non-fiction ; The Invasion John Hay , 1968 single work novel ; The Little Lives of Certain Chairs a Table or Two and Other Inanimates of Our Acquaintance Barbara Blackman , 1998 selected work prose biography
The Politics of Emotion Nathan Hollier , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 187 2007; (p. 26-32)
Frank Hardy Tom Sigley , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Writing Across the Continent 2008;
Red Truths and White Lies Charlie Ward , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 36 2012; (p. 217-225)
The 'Cultural Mission' in Indigenous Non-Fiction Book Publishing in Australia 1960–2000 Mark Davis , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , vol. 41 no. 4 2017; (p. 450-471)

'Non-fiction books by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have arguably played a crucial role in the framing of public discussion of Indigenous issues in Australia since the 1950s. In this article, I track quantitative trends in the publishing of the approximately 769 such books for the Australian retail trade between 1960 and 2000, as part of what I describe as an emerging “cultural mission” among Australian book publishers through the period. The article then discusses two major trends within the data. The first is an overall increase in the number of titles published annually through the period, while the second is a declining interest by mass-market trade publishers in publishing books in the area from the 1980s onwards versus an increased publication rate by smaller independent presses and two large trade publishers with a particular interest in the area, one of which is also independently owned. The article concludes with a discussion of possible reasons for the latter trend in the context of ongoing debates about white Australian colonialism.'  (Publication abstract)

Meat-Eaters Eve Vincent , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , June 2018;

'In 2015, Richie Benaud hosted an ‘Australia Day’ barbeque, a pantheon of colonial historical figures on his invite list. Benaud gathered the English navigator, Captain James Cook, who remapped and renamed the east coast of this continent in 1770, and Burke and Wills, whose agonising deaths at Coopers Creek in 1861 were possibly in part the result of them coming to rely on the seeds of an aquatic fern, nardoo (Marsilea drummondii), for nutrition.' (Introduction)

Last amended 6 Jul 2018 06:32:50
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  • Wattie Creek, Victoria River area, Central Northern Territory, Northern Territory,
  • Daguragu / Kalkaringi / Wave Hill, Victoria River area, Central Northern Territory, Northern Territory,
  • Victoria River area, Central Northern Territory, Northern Territory,
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